As of November 25, 2023, when the dry season officially begins, farmers will be able to purchase agricultural inputs at a 50% discount from the Federal Government.
This was revealed by the FG in a statement obtained on Friday and issued by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security.
The announcement revealed that Jigawa state’s inaugural ceremony will be presided over by Agriculture Minister Abubakar Kyari.
It was mentioned that in addition to signaling the start of the dry season, the occasion will also see the transfer of essential supplies like pesticides, herbicides, and seedlings.
The Federal Capital Territory, along with all 36 states in the union, are included in the initiative’s nationwide purview.
The government’s pledge to assist farmers by halving the cost of necessary agricultural inputs was emphasized in the announcement.
Several other dignitaries will accompany Sen. Abubakar Kyari, the Hon. Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, to Hadejia, Jigawa State, the site of the ceremony.
The event will see the delivery to farmers of a variety of agricultural inputs, including as seeds, fertilizer, herbicides, and insecticides. The statement said, “The Federal Government is providing a 50% subsidy for agricultural inputs.
The National Bureau of Statistics states that the current rate of food inflation in Nigeria is 31.5%.
According to the statement, the African Development Bank is providing significant funding for the dry season agricultural program under the National Agricultural Growth Scheme and Agro-Pocket project.
Notably, the NAGS-AP project would make use of digital technologies, as revealed by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security. Over 250,000 farmers have already been geolocated and registered by the ministry, highlighting an implementation strategy that is driven by ICT.
In order to geo-locate farmlands, count, register, and cluster no fewer than 250,000 farmers, the statement stressed that the implementation is ICT-driven.