As the Federal Government is set to the launch the second phase of the Dry Season farming under the National Agricultural Growth Scheme Agro-Pocket (NAGS-AP) project, the Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Senator Abubakar Kyari, has called on State Governor to give the farmers in their states additional supports during the second phase.
Kyari made the call during the courtesy visit of the Executive Governor of Nasarawa State, Engr. Abdullahi Sule, to the Headquarters of the Ministry in Abuja on Thursday.
The Minister said there were reported cases across a number of states of farmers who were too indigent to pay their counterpart 50% in order to access the agro-inputs when the FG offered the 50% subsidies on agro-inputs during the take-off of the wheat production.
He said a few states provided additional subsidies, while others assisted the farmers with land clearing, and quality extension services. Yet others have invested in power tillers and solar-powered water pumps.
“The second phase of the Dry Season Farming is soon to take off, and this time all 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory are expected to participate in the production of maize, rice, and cassava on properly identified irrigable farmlands cultivated by genuine farmers, who will benefit from the Federal Government’s subsidized certified quality seeds and agro-inputs, such as fertilizers, micro-nutrients, herbicides, and pesticides.
“I am optimistic that Nasarawa State will have little difficulty in fitting into the readiness criteria for participation in the Dry Season Farming. The state is notable for grains, legumes, and root crop cultivation, and some of the country’s bigger rice millers are located in the state.