Yobe to distribute fertilizer, inputs to 33,000
From Sani Gazas Chinade, Damaturu Yobe State government is set to distribute fertilizer inputs to over 33,000 small scale farmers in the state.
Commissioner for Agriculture in the State, Dr. Hajiya Mairo Amshi disclosed this at the distribution of farm inputs to 100 farmers who are part of 450 targeted farmers in the state by UNHCR in partnership with American University of Nigeria (AUN).
Dr. Amshi added that the delay in the commencement of the distribution was
as a result of the ministry’s efforts to eliminate middlemen in the distribution channel by identifying genuine farmers with the help of traditional rulers.
“The state government will begin the distribution of fertilizers to farmers by next week In sha Allah. I cannot give you the number of tonnes now because it’s too much or too little to say.
“One of the reasons for the delay in the distribution of our fertilizer is because we have to get out trusted farmers. We have already gotten 33,000 small scale registered farmers so far. They are registered and we know their locations, their phone nos. We have screened them to be sure they are real farmers. We are trying to eliminate middle men in the distribution of our fertilizer. That is why we are working with traditional rulers to achieve that goal,” Dr. Amshi said.
She added that civil servants who are also farmers in the state will benefit from the fertilizer as the state government has also captured them.
The commissioner advised the beneficiaries not to sell the products but to put them into proper use.
In his remark, the representative of AUN, Usman Sani Chiromari, said, “the major objective of UNHCR is to ensure social and economic rights are secured and opportunities for self-reliance maximized.”
The target of the project Chiromari noted, is for “vulnerable IDPs, returnees and members of the host communities affected by the insurgency to benefit.”
He disclosed that a total of 450 beneficiaries across the state will benefit from the programme, while 50 of a batch of hundred were selected for the event due to NCDC guidelines on COVID-19.