By Peter Duru
MAKURDI – THE Benue State Government has suspended the sale and distribution of fertiliser products to its teeming farming populace, citing noticeable lapses in the distribution chain for its decision.
Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr. Shaapera Naako, dropped this hint while fielding questions from newsmen in Makurdi.
Naako who pleaded for understanding and patience from farmers said the decision was a temporary measure taken by the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources to enable officials of the ministry properly coordinate the sale and distribution of the product among farmers.
He observed that the purpose for which the state government procured and subsidised the product for its teeming farming populace would be defeated when those in dire need of the product were denied the benefit of applying the product on their farmlands.
The Commissioner further noted that government would in the interim properly address perceived lapses in the distribution chain by ensuring that farmers in the remote villages have the products in abundance.
According to him, â€œwe are trying to take proper stock and also guard against bourgeois and middlemen hijacking the process which will in turn deny farmers at the hinterlands the benefits of buying and using the products.
â€œSo the decision to suspend sale of fertiliser products in the state is not intended to frustrate our teeming farming populace but far from that; we will soon commence sales after loopholes are checked and records are put straight,” he said.