The Presidency has said it has spent more than N9.5 billion for the distribution of farm input to farmers during the dry season as part of moves to increase food production this year.
Director of farm input support service department of the agriculture and rural development ministry, Mr Ohiare Jatto, who made this known, said the input was distributed to 458,498 farmers in 30 states between last December and February this year.
The input given to each of the farmers, include two bags of nitrogen potassium phosphate, one bag of organic fertilizer, 25 kilogramme of rice seeds and 20 kilogramme of maize seeds.
The beneficiary farmers, according to the director, paid 25 per cent of the price of the seeds, and 50 percent of the fertilizer and pesticide supplied to them.
According to him, some of the inputs provided to the farmers include two bags of Nitrogen Potassium Phosphate, one bag of urea, one bag of organic fertiliser each, 25 kilogramme rice seeds and 20 kilogramme maize seeds depending on the crop value chain.
He said the scheme attained 92 per cent success during the planting season.
“The dry season farming was very successful. We targeted 500,000 farmers and we were able to reach 458,498 farmers in 30 states.
“All the northern states and many southern states benefited. We only reached out to farmers that our funds were able to accommodate,’’ he said.
The director said that the Federal Government was also targeting no fewer than one million farmers to give inputs for the wet season farming.
He said the reason for the delay in the commencement of the inputs distribution for the wet season was due to the delay in the passage of the budget.