No fewer than 6, 000 registered wheat farmers in Kano state would receive fertiliser under the Federal Government’s Growth Enhancement Support (GES) Scheme this irrigation season.
Alhaji Faruk Rabi’u, the state’s chairman of the Wheat Farmers Association of Nigeria (WFAN), disclosed this in Kano on Thursday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
He said each farmer was expected to collect two bags of fertiliser, 50 kgs of seed, liquid fertiliser and agro-chemical as the total package.
“Over 6,000 registered wheat farmers in the state will benefit from the programme which has since commenced.
“The GES progrmme in the state covers four commodities: wheat, rice, maize and groundnut and any farmer that registered with us will benefit,” Rabi’u said.
He said the distribution of the commodity had since commenced in all the designated collection centres across the 44 Local Government Areas of the state.
He said wheat farmers in the state were expected to cultivate over 20, 000 hectares of irrigable land at the major irrigation sites located in some parts of the state.
“Major irrigation sites in the state are located in Kura, Garun-Malam, Bunkure, Warawa, Ajingi, Gabasawa, Gaya and Wudil local government areas.
He advised the registered farmers, who received SMS alerts, to go to the nearest redemption centres indicated in the message to collect the commodities.
“All those who registered and completed the necessary procedures will collect the inputs,” he said.
He commended the Federal Government for modifying and sustaining the programme which, according to him, would go a long way in boosting food production in the state and in the country at large.