Governor Masari launches distribution of fertilizer loan to 20,000 farmers
Governor Aminu Bello Masari has performed the launching of distribution of inorganic fertilizer to 20,000 farmers on loan.
According to Hassan Muhammad Tukur, Government House Press centre Katsina, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari also performed the foundation laying of fertilizer blending plant initiated by a private firm, Musaiyaf Nigeria Limited at Bakin kasuwa, Jikamshi in Musawa local government area.
Addressing the gathering at Jikamshi, Governor Aminu Masari reiterated the commitment of APC administration to support all efforts towards boosting agriculture by the private sector in the state.
The Governor spoke at length on the achievements recorded in the agricultural restoration programmes in the state.
He was particularly happy with the contribution of Dangote in keying in to Songhai agricultural initiative and now Musaiyaf coming in to establish a fertilizer blending plant in Jikamshi.
The proprietor of the firm, Alhaji Sanusi Usman assured that the company will not only limit itself to provision on loan basis but other agricultural inputs such as tractors.
He said he was not providing the fertilizer because of shortage of supply from government but as a complimentary effort.
Alhaji Sanusi explained that three years ago, he started with a loan to 5,000 thousand farmers, the following year, it rose to 10000 while this year, 20,000 farmers are to receive the loan from his company.
He said the farmers are to repay with produce harvested in the farms.
Other goodwill messages came from the transition committee chairman of Musawa, Alhaji Habibu Abdulkadir, the representative of Emirs of katsina and Daura, who is also the Dan Isan Katsina, Alhaji Yusuf Yakubu, the chairman of House committee on agriculture, Alhaji Suleiman Abubakar Tunas and the representative of benefitting farmers, Alhaji Salisu Lema Jikamshi.
Highlight of the launching was presentation of the fertilizer and laying of the foundation for the fertilizer blending plant.