The Enugu State Ministry of Agriculture says it has concluded plans to make fertiliser available to farmers at a subsidized rate in this year’s farming season.
The Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Emeka Ede, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Enugu that agriculture was given a serious attention during the presentation of the 2019 budget.
He said that looking at the budget holistically, the issues of Agriculture subsidy were captured with special emphasis on fertiliser subsidy.
The commissioner said the ministry would not hesitate to embark on procuring fertiliser that would go round to all the farmers in the state.
According to him, this will be evenly distributed across the 17 local government areas of the state to encourage farmers and to boost food production.
“The Ministry of Agriculture has been directed by Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to ensure that the fertiliser are available to all our farmers at a subsidized rate before April ending.
“This is to enable our farmers confront the issue of massive food production aggressively with all manner of seriousness,” he said
Edeh said arrangement has been made to ensure sincere and timely distribution of the fertiliser immediately they were supplied to the ministry, adding that government would not spare anybody found sabotaging the process.
He explained that it is the ministry’s belief that when the plans were efficiently implemented, the state would witness massive food production in this year’s harvest. (NAN)