Bauchi creates 78 fertiliser redemption centres, says Commissione

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BAUCHI –  The Bauchi Government said it had set up 78 fertiliser redemption centres ease ’ access the commodity this cropping season.

The Commissioner for Agricultural, Alhaji Isa Wabu, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Bauchi, on Sunday.

Wabu said that the centres were more than the 20 established in 2012 and the 68 centres in 2013.

He said that the additional centres were created ease the difficulties being experienced in accessing the commodity by the over 24,000 registered in the .

Wabu said that the arrangement, “even if 1,000 were access the commodity in one week, the authorities would spend 24 weeks complete the exercise as against the eight weeks allocated the GES programme.

“We, therefore, requested for additional 32 redemption centres but only approved eight centres.

“We are pleading with to allocate more centres considering the fact that the has the highest of registered farmers the GES.”

Wabu also said that the state government had engaged the of 22 fertiliser as against seven engaged in 2013 to ensure effective supply of the commodity across the 20 local government areas of the state

He said that 78 agro dealers had also been engaged by the state government to the redemption centres while substantial quantity of the commodity had already been transported to all the centres.

Wabu said that a monitoring had been set up to ensure effective monitoring of the sale of the commodity to farmers, to avert diversion.

The commissioner said that the state government would also accept any bag of fertiliser less than 50kg, adding that the quality of the commodity must also be satisfied by agriculturalists.

He warned the supply against late delivery of the commodity to the designated redemption centres, adding that “any defaulting will be de-listed from the arrangement”. (NAN)