THE Sokoto State Executive CouncilÂ has approved the purchase of 14,000 tonnes of assorted fertilisers worthÂ N1.8 billion for the 2010 farming season.
The state Commissioner for Information, MalamÂ Dahiru Maishanu, disclosed this on Wednesday shortly after the councilâ€™s meeting. Maishanu that the contracts were awarded to four â€œreputableâ€ companies to ensure speedy delivery of the commodity.
Maishanu said that Tak. Nigeria Ltd and Rebadu Ventures would each supply 3,000 tonnes of NPK fertilisers at the cost of N407 million. He said that Centech Nigeria LtdÂ would deliver 4,000 tonnes of NPK at the cost of N504.6 million while Allied Nigeria Ltd was expected to supply 4,000 tonnes of Urea for N542.7 million. The commissioner explained that measures had been mapped out to ensure that the fertilisers got to the real farmers at subsidised prices.
â€œWe are committed to food security and sustainability in our state for optimal welfare of our teeming populace,â€™â€™ he said.
Meanwhile, the state executive council has also approved the contract for the supply of medical equipment worth N299 million for the Murtala Mohammad Specialist Hospital, Sokoto.
Maishanu said that the equipment was meant for the radiography, pharmacy, administration and laundry departments as well as the wards.
The commissioner said the council had also approved additional N286 million for the completion of the permanent NYSC orientation camp at Wamakko.
The council also approved the procurement of learning materials for the State Polytechnic at the cost of N60 million and the rehabilitation of Tureta- Shagari Tambuwal and Kebbi roads at the cost of N79 million,â€™â€™ he said.
Mr Ambrose Zimba, a climatologist with the Federal University of Technology, Yola, has warned farmers in Adamawa against early planting.
Zimba, who gave the warning on Friday in Yola during an interview with newsmen, said the warning became necessary considering the climate change being experienced worldwide.
He said farmers should be busy preparing their farmlands pending the time when the climatic conditions would be ripe for planting.
He said that the recent rainfalls in Yola and other parts of the country was still inadequate for the planting of crops due to climatic change.Zimba suggested that the most likely period for planting season this year should be between late May and earlier June.