Gombe State government has said that it plans to spend about N2.7billion on fertiliser to be distributed to farmers in the state for the 2017 farming season.

The state Commissioner for Agriculture, Alhaji Dahiru Buba Biri, stated this in the state capital, Damaturu, explaining that the distribution had been delayed due to shortage in supply of NPK brand. This became necessary to allay complaints from farmers that the government had failed to provide fertilisers to its farmers.

According to him, “Government has made adequate arrangements as you can see from the fertilisers in our stores that would be distributed to farmers immediately.”

The Commissioner also explained that the state government was facing hurdles in the supply of NPK from the Federal Government through 11 blending fertilisers across the country.

He further stressed that so far, only 3,000 out of the 10,000 metric tonnes of NPK fertilisers Gombe subscribed for had been supplied, with approval to lift additional six metric tonnes.

“Already, we have in stock the earmarked 10,000 metric tonnes of Urea but we have to delay the distribution until we have 60 percent of the required NPK.” He said the reason is that if the distribution of the fertilisers commenced and stopped halfway, there would be serious problems.

Buba Biri promised the farmers in the state that the government would commence the distribution of the commodity immediately.

He explained further that the government will subsidise fertiliser to farmers in the state following approval from Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo. According to him, presently a bag of fertiliser costs between N5, 000.00 and N5, 500.00 and the state government is expected to subsidise the amount.