A Jigawa-based rice farmer, Alhaji Maiunguwa Jaga, has appealed to the National Assembly to promulgate a legislation that would enhance the implementation of the Growth Enhancement Support (GES) programme.
Jaga, who made the call in an interview in Hadejia, said it is good to provide sound laws on GES programme to ensure its sustainability.
He commended the Federal Government over the introduction of the GES programme, noting that it had ended fertiliser scarcity and enhanced farmers’ access to seeds and other inputs.
Jaga also called for the review of agricultural loan facilities provided by banks in the country.
“It is desirable to review loans designed for the smallholder and large-scale farmers.
“Farmers are not accessing the facilities due to cumbersome processes and it became a major obstacle to effective agricultural financing,” he said.
NAN reports that GES is a critical component of the President Goodluck Jonathan Agriculture Transformation Agenda (ATA).
It is designed to enhance supply of fertiliser and other inputs to registered farmers through direct allocation via electronic messages otherwise called e-wallet.
The programme also focuses on encouraging private sector participation and reducing government control in the distribution channel of fertilisers and other inputs.
Jaga said that farmers in the area had redeemed fertilisers and seeds in the last dry and rainy seasons.