Oyo state government has pledged to provide 12,000 tonnes of urea and NPK fertiliser at subsidised cost to farmers in the next planting season.
The State Commissioner for Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development, Oyewole Oyewumi disclosed that the state is expecting supply of 8,000 metric tonnes of NPK fertilizer under the Federal Government Special Fertilizer Intervention Programme.
Speaking through the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Victor Atilola, the commissioner stressed that there is an ongoing process by the State Government to procure 4,000 metric tonnes of UREA fertilizer to be sold to farmers at a subsidized rate.
Prince Oyewumi noted that the present administration in the State is working earnestly to ensure food security, enhance farm products as well as boost the State economy, explaining that the fertilizer will be available in all the eight warehouses and the Farm Service Centres where agricultural inputs are being sold in the State.
The Commissioner while speaking on the purchase of agrochemical said that government decided to concentrate on the procurement of fertilizers and not agrochemicals because farmers could easily access the crop protection products in their locality.