With increased efforts by the present administration to boost food production and curb poverty in the country, 400 registered farmers have been recorded in Bauchi State as beneficiaries of the Wheat Value Chain initiative of the Federal Government under its Growth Enhancement Support (GES) Scheme.
This was disclosed by Alhaji Mohammed Yusuf, a Director in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, during a recent interview in Bauchi..
According to him, each farmer received three bags of fertilizer and improved seeds to enhance their production.
Speaking on the inputs distributed via the GES scheme, Yusuf commented that the cost of the inputs per farmer in the open market is ₦16, 600, but each beneficiary paid only ₦6, 150, while the government paid the remaining ₦11, 350.
Furthermore, the director stated that the ministry had also given the farmers technical support with proper monitoring to ensure the attainment of the set goals of the Wheat Value Chain.
He noted that the support was part of the government’s efforts to boost wheat production, in his words, “the Federal Government came out with the wheat value chain initiative to assist farmers with inputs and create market for their produce. “This is with a view to boosting productivity and enhancing economic status thereby reducing dependency on importation.