Gombe govt fixes price of NPK fertilizer at N19,000 per bag
By Matthew Eloyi
In its effort to boost the agricultural sector and sustain its leading role in agricultural production in the North-east sub-region, Gombe State Government has fixed the price of NPK fertilizer at N19,000 per bag, representing a 25% subsidy as against the market price of over N26, 000.
The State Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya disclosed this on Monday during the flag-off of fertilizer sales and distribution for the 2023 cropping season at Lawanti Farm Centre in Akko Local Government Area of the state.
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Speaking to a gathering of farmers, agricultural stakeholders and government officials, the Governor noted that the state government has made significant investments in the agricultural sector since assuming office in 2019. This includes the provision of essential agricultural inputs, such as fertilizers, improved seeds, agrochemicals, and farm implements to farmers across the state.
He stated that this year’s sales and distribution of fertilizers are designed to achieve the same objective of boosting agriculture and food security. The Governor revealed that the state government had procured 160 trucks (5000 MT) of fertilizer at the cost of Two Billion, Eight Hundred and Thirty-Seven Million, Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N2,837,500,000.00).
According to the Governor, having considered the high cost of fertilizer in the market and the need to support the farmers, the State Government decided to fix the price of fertilizer at N19,000 for a bag of NPK representing a 25% subsidy as against the market price of over N26, 000.
Governor Yahaya thanked the local farmers for their contribution towards the growth and resilience of the agricultural sector, adding that their hard work and commitment are invaluable and that the government recognizes the vital role farmers play in ensuring food security and sustainable agricultural development in Gombe State and Nigeria at large.
He assured them of his continuous support and interventions.