…As governor flags off fertilizer sales, distribution
By Titus Atondu, Makurdi
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has flagged off the 2019 fertilizer sales and distribution in the state, with a call on Benue people to take advantage of the abundant natural resources in the state and redouble their efforts in agriculture production.
The ceremony took place at the Benue Fertilizer Blending and Mixing Plant, Industrial Layout, Makurdi.
Ortom, who was represented by his deputy, Engr Benson Abounu said Benue people should embrace farming as it offers better prospects than oil which is depleting fast. He said, for the state to retain its position as the food basket of the nation, it’s people should ignore all distractions and focus on developing the rich resources they have in abundance.
“Let us remember that a litre of petrol costs N145. while a litre of soybean oil costs over N1000……..simarly, the high price of a bag of Bambara nut, egusi, rice, groundnut nut oil, etc, are indications that farming is a lucrative business”.
He promised that his government will support the agriculture sector to achieve sustainable food security and accelerated improvement in the livelihood of Benue citizens, disclosed that the government is footing 40% of the costs of all brands of fertilizer.
He announced that one bag of 50kg of fertilizer irrespective of brand shall cost N4000, with one litre of liquid organic fertilizer going for N2000, and a litre of Plant Health Promoter selling for N3500.
The number one citizen.disclosed that in a conscious effort to enhance easier movement of farm produce from the hinterland to markets, his administration has already worked out modalities for the take-off of the Rural Access and Marketing Project (RAAMP 3) and the development and rehabilitation of 500km of rural roads across the state.
Earlier, Lady Helen Atom, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources commended Governor Ortom for his timely provision of highly subsidized fertilizer and other farm implements to farmers in the state.
She also appreciated the governor for his prompt attention to the payment of subsidy to vendors, as well as the payment of counterpart funds for projects in partnership with development partners under IFAD-rice/cassava value chain and the FADAMA III additional financing, the RAAMP 3 project, the procurement of tractors and other laudable projects of the administration.
Nigerian NewsDirect reports that there were messages of support to the government from the Royal Father Ter Makurdi, HRH, Chief Sule Abenga, the Nigeria Association of Women in Agriculture led by Mrs Ngizan Chahul, the DGSA, Makurdi local government area and the farmers association.