From Odeh Ogaji, Jalingo
Taraba State government has subsidized the cost of fertilizer in the state to boost agriculture production.
This was made known Monday by the state Governor, Darius Ishaku at the official flag-off of fertilizer and other agro-input distribution to farmers in the state for the 2021 farming season.
Governor Ishaku who pledged his support to farmers by subsidizing fertilizer and other agro-inputs said
the state government subsidized fertilizer to N8,000 against N12,000 for Urea in the open market, while NPK will sell at N6,000 against N8,000 in the open market.
The governor said agriculture is the back bone of the economy and 65% of the state population are predominantly farmers said his administration will continue to assist farmers, in order to boost bumper harvest to improve the living standards of locals.
Governor Ishaku who reiterated his administration’s goal to ensure that there is sufficient food in the state and the country said fertilizer and agro- input distribution is a yearly programme aimed at sustainence of food security in the country.
The governor called citizens, especially the youths to key into his agriculture programme, in order to develop agriculture potential of the state.
He further called on farmers and herders to leave peacefully with one to foster peace and unity for the progress of our dear state.
In welcome address, the state Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr David Ishaya Kassa expressed profound gratitude to Governor Ishaku for taking the agriculture sector to his heart, and his support to agricultural development in the state is worthy of commendation.
Dr Kassa who said the ministry will continue to strengthen and implement his agricultural policies for the benefit of Taraba charged herders and farmers to be law abiding always, in order to promote development of the state, devoid of rancor.
In vote of thanks, Permanent Secretary of agriculture ministry, Mallam Isa Hamza appreciated Governor Ishaku noting that none of the ministry memos suffered disapproval from the governor.
The PS called on all beneficiaries to use the opportunity in order to boost farming production in the state.