Fertilizers: Mangu community decry shortage of supply; “10 trucks too small for our farmers” – LGC Boss
As the farming season kick-starts in the Plateau, 10 trucks allocation of fertilizers to Mangu local government council have been described as being too small for farmers in the area. Chairman of the council, Mr Titus Bise, disclosed this on Wednesday in Mangu, while launching the distribution of the product to farmers for this year’s wet season farming.
According to him, “We appreciate the State Government allocation of 10 trucks of fertilizers to us in Mangu LGA; it is not enough for our teaming farmers, who constitute 90 per cent of the council’s population. As we launch the distribution of fertilizer today, I assure our farmers that the management will purchase more, if not 10 more trucks, to meet up their demands,” he said.
The chairman said that, already committees had been constituted in each of the 18 wards in the council to handle the distribution effectively, in order to boost food production.
According to him, Mangu was one of the councils known for massive food production in the country, adding that, the effort to encourage farming by Governor Simon Lalong administration was for the farmers to maintain that position at all costs. He warned that, “any person caught diverting the fertilizer meant for our committed farmers would be seriously dealt with.”
Mr Bise further urged the committee members to display high sense of responsibility and commitment in the distribution and sale of the commodity to genuine and rightful farmers. According to him, each bag of the fertilizer will be sold for N4,000, and anything above that is criminal and will be treated as such.
Earlier, Mr Abraham Mazadu, Councillor for Agriculture and Natural Resources, assured the chairman of fairness in the distribution and sales of the commodity to genuine farmers. He commended the state government and the council management for their proactive steps in encouraging food production.