The Bauchi State government has released the sum of US $788,436 to the State Agricultural Supply Company (BASAC) as a revolving scheme for fertiliser blending and distribution to farmers in the state.
The state Commissioner of Agriculture and Rural Development, Samaila Adamu Burga disclosed this while declaring open a 5- day training workshop for staff of the BASAC organised in collaboration with Namus Agro – Consult Nigeria Limited, held in Bauchi.
Burga, who emphasised the present administration’s determination towards developing the agricultural sector boost its economy said the scheme was aimed at eliminating all hindrances to availability of the commodity to peasant farmers across the state.
BASAC was established in 1981 by government in order to provide succor to the plight of farmers every year. The company seeks to ensure that the farmers got quality farm inputs in order to boost production. Over the years, the company has done well as can be seen in the produce of Bauchi farmers yearly.
To ensure that the farmers got fertilizer without hitches, the government has released funds to BASAC as a revolving scheme to procure the commodity from the blending company. The latter will the fertilizer to the farmers and go for another round of supply to ensure there is no break in supply of the commodity.
The General Manager, BASAC, Engr. Ibrahim Yushau Isah Duguri, said the company was involved in ensuring farmers in the state got quality service in order to boost produce production. He further added that for effective service delivery, the company has three zonal offices and sales outlets across the state where its services can be accessed by the farmers especially the peasants who do not have the financial backing to make purchases.