Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State on Saturday inaugurated the sale of 300,000 bags of fertiliser worth N1.7 billion for the 2017 farming season.
Tambuwal, who performed the ceremony in Bodinga, headquarters of Bodinga Local Government Area, said the state government procured the commodity from the Federal Government at N5,500 per bag.
The governor, however, announced a subsidy of N1,500 per bag, saying the gesture was to encourage more people to venture into farming.
Tambuwal also flagged off the distribution of free rice and millet seeds as well as tilling and water pumping machines to farmers.
He warned officials in charge of the distribution of the items to shun politics in the conduct of the exercise.
”’You should fear God and distribute the items only to genuine farmers while you should not siphon the items.
” You should make sure only genuine farmers get the items and not fake farmers so as not to defeat the aim of this noble gesture,” Tambuwal said.
He commended the Federal Government for diligently pursuing its Agricultural Transformation Agenda aimed at reducing dependence on oil revenue.
Tambuwal also solicited for prayers for the quick recovery of President Muhammadu Buhari to enable him continue his laudable initiatives.
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, represented by the Magajin Rafin Sokoto, Alhaji Rilwanu Bello, stressed that food security was imperative in any country.
” Nigerians should therefore massively go back to the farms to produce enough food for subsistence and sale,’’ he said.
The state’s Agriculture Commissioner, Alhaji Umaru Nagwari, said adequate arrangements had been made by the ministry to ensure equitable distribution of the commodity to only genuine farmers. (NAN)