Gombe — Gombe State government has awarded N2.485 billion worth of contract for the procurement of 20,000 metric tonnes of fertilizer for onward distribution to farmers in the coming farming season.
The state commissioner for Information Reverend Habu Dawaki and Commissioner for Agriculture Alhaji Buba Biri said this yesterday after the state executive council meeting.
They said that the contract involved 10, 000 metric tonnes each of assorted urea and NPK fertilizers at the cost of N1.24 billion.
The commissioners said the fertilizers are to be distributed to all the identified and registered farmers in designated wards and local government areas via a fool prove method that will ensure the commodity reaches the end users.
Alhaji Buda Biri said the procurement was in addition to 14,000 metric tonnes provided by the Federal Government to 148,000 registered farmers whose two bags per farmer are to be distributed through a text massages.
Other contracts approved by the state executive council include the N537 million for the supply of 200 tractors and hydraulic loaders as well as the N848 million for the maintenance of Gombe regional water supply scheme.
Others include the N975 million for the design and construction of the state college of education in Billiri and the purchase of plant and machineries of the earth equipments for rural development projects awarded at the cost of N589 million.