Tuesday, 30 May 2017


By James Ornguga
Governor Samuel Ortom has flagged off the 2017 cropping season with fertilizer distribution to farmers at subsidized rates.

Performing the ceremony in Makurdi as part of activities marking Democracy Day Celebration, the Governor said; Benue State Executive Council has approved the procurement of 7,500 metric tons of assorted brands of inorganic fertilizers and 5,000 litres of liquid promoters for distribution to Benue farmers.

Governor Ortom announced that already, the subsidy component of the farm inputs has been paid his government , subsidizing NPK(50kg) to 4,000 naira instead of 5,500 naira, SSP(50kg) to 4,000 against the 5,500 cost price, Urea 46(50kg) whose market price is 8,500 naira has been subsidized to 4,000 naira. He said; 50kg of Organic will now be given to farmers at 4,000 naira instead of 6,000, Organic (1litre) will be sold for 2,000 naira instead of 3,800 naira and a litre of Plant Health Promoters will be sold for 3,500 naira instead of the original cost price of 6,000 naira.

Governor Ortom called on all well meaning people of the state to join hands with his administration in making Benue greater through agriculture and pleaded with farmers to make judicious use of the inputs.

While cautioning against sharp practices in the distribution chain, the Benue Chief Executive Officer directed that inputs be delivered directly to the farmers through approved vendors under the strict supervision of the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources and urged those concerned to be prudent in carrying out the assignment.

Governor Ortom restated the deliberate commitment of his administration to nutrition and food security and called on all civil servants in the state to take advantage of the Friday Work Free Days declared by his administration during planting and harvesting seasons to own farms for both subsistence and commercial purposes.

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