BY NDAHI MARAMA
MAIDUGURI— Borno State Government has faulted the Federal Government’s Gross Empowerment Scheme, GES, involving electronic fertilizer sales due to lack of telecommunications, which is a major component of the scheme.
The government, however, approved over N1 billion for the procurement of 15,000 metric tonnes of Urea and NKP fertilizers for this year’s cropping season.
Commissioner of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr Usman Zanna who spoke, yesterday, in an interview with newsmen in Maiduguri , the state capital said that GES did not give the state government, full control over the distribution of the products to farmers in the state.
Zanna said that the need to opt out from GES became necessary, since Borno State did not benefit fully from the programme of last year. He said that, apart from not being able to monitor and control the system, the programme was launched very late in the state, which hindered farmers from utilizing the products.
Last year, a bag of fertilizer was sold at 50 percent subsidy by the state government with NPK costing only N2, 450:00, Urea N2, 253:00 and SSP selling at N2, 145:00 per bag.