Mixed reactions trail fertiliser prices in North-West Nigeria

Farmers in Kebbi and Kano states have hailed the level of fertiliser supply in their states, saying that the commodity was sold at the controlled price of N5,500.

However, farmers in Zamfara said that the supply was low and difficult to access.

In Kebbi, 886,000 tones of fertilizer were distributed by the state government to farmers in 225 wards across the 21 local government areas of the state.

The state government Spokesman, Alhaji Sani Dododo, revealed in Birnin Kebbi that the fertilizer was sold at subsidized rate of N5,500 per bag.

“The stakeholders comprise, traditional rulers, politicians, members of farmers associations in the state,” he said.

A farmer in Birnin Kebbi, Alhaji Ibrahim Guluma, said he has four hectares of rice farm and was able to secure fertiliser from government.

“I initially tried to buy from the open market, but on hearing that it is available even in our wards I quickly went and bought what I required.”

Guluma recalled  that in 2018, despite their readiness to buy the product at the rate of N7,500 in the open market, it was not available.

He said the changes in supply and sales of fertilizer was remarkable.

However, in Zamfara, farmers were not happy over supply and sale of fertilizer, saying it remained scarce and expensive.

The farmers expressed the hope that efforts to revive the Gusau fertilizer blending plant may ease supply pressure next season.

One of the farmers, Shehu Abdullahi, said it was difficult getting fertiliser on time and at affordable rate.

“If government want to support farmers, it must provide fertiliser to farmers in large quantity and at subsidise rate.”

Another farmer, Alhaji Maiharaji Altine-Sallah, said fertiliser was difficult to get in Zamfara.

Managing Director, Gusau fertiliser blending company, Mr Mustafa Anka, said the company built in 1998 to produce all brand of Nitrogen Phosphorous and Potassium (NPK), has been resuscitated after its closure in 2006 due to lack of funds.

“We told him that our major problem was funding and he gave us N10 million for test running.

“We are already partnering with Savannah Global Agro Resources Limited who bring raw materials for us at the cost of over N30 million.

“We have embarked on this production as test running, we are now producing 20 tonnes per hour.

In Kano, the Chairman, All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) in Tsanyawa Local Government Area, Alhaji Abubakar Tsanyawa commended President Muhammad Buhari for providing fertiliser to farmers at subsidised rate.

“Before the coming of this subsidised fertiliser by the President, we used to by the product at the rate of N9000, which at the end of the harvest, the farmers cannot even recoup what they have spent, thus forcing many to run away from farming.

“We commend the president for such assistance, because the subsidised fertilizer is now N5,500; he is motivating us to return to farm and continue with our farming activities.

However, Head of Agric Department, Kiru Local government Area, Alhaji Sani Ishak said the demand for fertilizer in the area was higher than the quantity being supplied.

According to him, the area has large number of farmers, as such it is necessary for government to increase the supply of fertiliser to the area.

He explained that the subsidised fertiliser had really helped farmers not only in Kano, but all over the country to improve their outputs.

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