A total of 244 farmers have received free tomato seeds in Kaduna State to enhance the production of the fruit, Mr Dahiru Abdu, the spokesman of the state Ministry for Agriculture, has said.
Abdu said in an interview with the New Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Kaduna that each of the farmers was given 50 sachets of the seed.
He said also that the seeds were distributed by the state government in collaboration with the Federal Government’s Gross Enhancement Support Scheme.
According to him, all the 244 farmers were drawn from across the 23 local government areas of the state.
“In addition to this, each farmer also received three tins of agroliser, three bags of NPK fertilisers and 20 kg of maize seeds at the subsidised rate of N9,750.”
He said the gesture was part of the intervention efforts of the the state and federal governments to boost agricultural activities, particularly irrigation for sustainable food production.
Abdu said, “the provision of inputs like fertilisers and hybrid seeds to farmers is meant to increase yields per hectare and make it comparable to world standard.
“It is also to improve productivity, enhance farmers’ income and promote food security.”
NAN reports that the GESS is one of the many critical components of the federal government’s Agricultural Transformation Agenda designed to promote and modernise agricultural practice in the country.