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Stakeholders meet over fertilizer scarcity in Northeast

Stakeholders meet over fertilizer scarcity in Northeast

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Stakeholders meet over fertilizer scarcity in Northeast

Story from Matthew Eloyi

Development partners and governments in the North East have met in Yola over the scarcity or high cost of farm inputs, especially fertilizer, in the sub-region.

It was gathered that following the ban on the sale of fertilizer in the North East for security reasons, the product is either very expensive or scarce, thereby, depriving farmers of the much-needed input.

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Representatives of the development partners and officials of the Ministry of Agriculture from Gombe, Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states, are deliberating on the question of access to fertilizer and other agricultural inputs at the three-day workshop.

Ibrahim Sajo of Gombe State Ministry of Agriculture said because of restricted movement placed on fertilizer, security agents frequently confiscate fertilizer that finds its way into the state, and that scarcity of the input has led to its heavy adulteration.

Lawan Yahi, the Zonal Agricultural Officer from the Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, who presented the state’s status of agricultural input access for the 2021 farming season, said fertilizer prices are up in the state because of shortage and high demand.

Mrs. Edna Azura, the Director of Agricultural Services in Adamawa State, said farming yields are low as soil-specific fertilizers are unavailable, while Ahmed Tukur from Yobe State said because of the insurgency-informed ban on fertilizer, the input is expensive and its quality is not guaranteed.

It would be recalled that the federal government banned the distribution and use of urea and NPK fertilizers in the North East on the explanation that terrorists were using components of the fertilizers in making bombs with which they were executing their attacks.

The National Chairman of Nigeria Agricultural Inputs Dealers Association (NAIDA), Alhaji Kabiru Fara, said it is sad that fertilizer should be banned without any substitute.

He said members of his organization and farmers are at the receiving end as instead of going after the terrorists allegedly using urea in making bombs, security agencies are instead depriving farmers of the much-needed fertilizer.

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The Chief of Party of the Feed the Future Nigeria Rural Resilience Activity, Margarita Aswani, explained that the ban is testing the resilience of the rural population.

The Yola workshop utilized the first day to identify the challenges to farm input access and is set to chart the way forward.

Stakeholders meet over fertilizer scarcity in Northeast

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