The Sokoto State Government has commenced distribution of 15,000 metric tonnes fertiliser, loaded in 500 trucks, for the 2018 wet season farming.
DAILY NIGERIAN gathered that the fertiliser will be sold to farmers at the heavily subsidised rate of 4000 Naira per bag.
The state governor, Aminu Tambuwal, who flagged off the sales in Tureta local Government area of the state, urged farmers to use the fertiliser judiciously.
He also warned against diversion of the product and middlemen, reminding the teeming farmers that they were one of the most vital links boosting food security in the state.
Mr Tambuwal, therefore, advised the farmers to imbibe the culture of using improved seedlings on their farms for improved Agricultural yields.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the governor distributed support packages to target beneficiaries of IFAD support programme in the state.
Fertilisers, goats, fishery equipment and improved seeds were among the items given in support of the efforts of farmers in the State.
The Governor appealed to the beneficiary farmers from the 36 villages to see themselves as agents of economic diversification.
Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary, State Ministry of Agriculture, Sani Garba Shuni, pointed out that the state government had purchased the Super Sosat Millet seed and Faro44 Rice Seed for distribution to farmers.
In his remarks, the IFAD National Programme Coordinator, Muhammad Lawal Idah, said Sokoto State was leading other participating states in the implementation of IFAD programmes.