The Benue State government yesterday flagged off the sale and distribution of assorted brands of fertiliser to farmers in order to boost food production.
Governor Gabriel Suswam performed the ceremony at Zaki-Biam in Ukum local government area of the agrarian state and announced that a bag of the fertiliser products be sold at government approved price of N3, 300 only.
LEADERSHIP Weekend reports that the farmers who decried lack of fertiliser products have alleged that the inputs were only distributed to government officials and politicians, appealing to Suswam to come to their aid.
But commissioner for agriculture, Mr Donald Gbugho, assured that the ministry would do all within its power to ensure that the desire of government to make fertiliser available to all farmers at the grassroots is achieved this farming season.
Performing the flag-off, Suswam frowned at the criminal act of fertiliser diversion and unnecessary hike in price by some mischievous persons, stating that anyone caught in such act of criminality will be punished accordingly.
The governor further stated that all arrangements have been completed with the federal government to increase Benue State farmers' participation in the e-wallet fertiliser distribution project under the growth enhancement support scheme (GES).