A member of the Niger State House of Assembly, Mr Malik Bosso, on Saturday distributed 2,400 bags of fertilisers and other inputs to farmers in Bosso Local Government Area at a subsidised rate.
NAN reports that the fertilisers were given to farmers, drawn from the 10 wards of Bosso constituency, which the member is representing, at the rate of N3500 as against the government price of N5500.
NAN also reports that the distribution of the fertiliser was launched by the state deputy governor, Alhaji Ahmed Ketso, represented by the Commissioner for Agriculture, Haruna Dukku at Bosso Ward 2.
The deputy governor commended the lawmaker for the initiative, saying it would go a long to improve the productivity of farmers in the 2018 cropping season.
Speaking to newsmen shortly after the exercise, Bosso said he spent N13.2million to procure the fertilisers as part of his Community Social Services to his people.
According to him, the decision to procure the fertilisers and resale at subsidised rates was borne out of the fact that his constituents were predominantly farmers.
“My people are mostly farmers like me and because most of our lands are no longer fertile, they need fertiliser to sustain it and boost yield.
“And for them to produce as much as they want, a farmer needs 20 to 30 bags of fertilisers and that is why I am assisting them,” he added
He further said that the present harsh economic realities in the country meant he had to come to the rescue of his constituents.
“I may not be able to give everybody fertiliser for free, the only thing is to reduce the price for our farmers so that they can buy as much as they want.
“I am giving a subsidy of N2,000 on each bag which goes for N5500 in the market. So instead of paying N5500 for a bag, you pay N3500.
“Two bags at the government price is N11000, but with this subsidy you get three bags for the same amount and you will still be left with a balance of N500,” he said
He restated his resolve to provide more dividends of democracy to his constituents before the tenure of the present administration expires.
Others items distributed by the lawmaker included 50 bags of maize, 235 wrappers and cash donations of N3,000 each to over 285 widows and women leaders in Bosso.
One of the beneficiaries, who spoke with NAN, Halima Abdullahi, thanked the member for reaching out to them when they needed him most, adding that they never had it so good.
She called on more well meaning people in the community to emulate the lawmaker by providing succor to the downtrodden in society.