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Fertiliser voucher scheme: Kano targets 140,000 farmers

Each buyer would be entitled to three bags of the subsidized fertiliser, Kano state Governor Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau has disclosed. Shekarau made the disclosure at…

Each buyer would be entitled to three bags of the subsidized fertiliser, Kano state Governor Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau has disclosed.

Shekarau made the disclosure at the launching of the fertiliser voucher scheme in Kano state under the Fertiliser Deregulation and Targeted Farmer Support Programme, held at Royal Tropicana Hotel, Kano.

According to him, the fertiliser voucher scheme, which is being implemented jointly by the federal government and the Kano state government with the technical support of the International Fertiliser Development Centre (IFDC), would allow for a more efficient administration of fertiliser subsidies as well as the development of the agro-input market network in the state and the country at large.

He disclosed that for the past six years, over 12,000 small-holder farmer-groups have enjoyed fertiliser subsidy under the state’s pet agricultural programme – the Special Mass Food Production Programme (SMFPP).  The SMFPP is being implemented based on participatory extension approach.

“During the period 2003-2009, we have provided to these groups with over 5,000 tonnes of improved seeds, 272,000 litres of assorted agro-chemicals, 3,200 crop sprayers, over 50,000 tonnes of assorted fertiliser and other agricultural production and processing packages at highly subsidised rates,” he said.

The governor added that the intervention in the agricultural sector had yielded significant increase in agricultural production in the state, saying annual crop production had increased from 1.9 million tonnes in 2003 to 4.2 million tones in 2008.

He expressed appreciation to the Federal government for initiating the scheme and for making Kano the first State in the country to benefit from the scheme.