The Oyo State Government says 12, 000 metric tonnes of UREA/NPK fertilizer will be provided at subsidized rate to farmers in the state ahead of the next planting season.
The Commissioner for Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development, Mr Oyewole Oyewunmi, said this in a statement issued in Ibadan on Thursday.
The Commissioner reaffirmed government’s commitment towards boosting the state’s economy by improving farm products .
He said “it is imperative to prepare ahead of the next planting season, because this would improve farming operations and increase yield in the state.”
Oyewunmi stated that government was expecting supply of 8,000 metric tonnes of NPK fertiliser under the Federal Government Special Fertiliser Intervention Programme.
The commissioner disclosed that government was in the process of procuring 4,000 metric tonnes of UREA fertiliser to be sold to farmers at a subsidised rate.
He explained that the fertiliser would be available in all the eight warehouses and the farm service centres where agricultural inputs are sold in the state.
The commissioner also said that government would concentrate on the procurement of fertilizers and not agrochemicals as farmers could easily access the crop protection products in their locality.
Oyewunmi called on all stakeholders, especially the youths, to actively embrace farming in order to guarantee food security and create employment as well as eradicate poverty.