No fewer than 5,000 farmers have redeemed their agricultural inputs at the Tunga-maje Centre, one of the 29 Growth Enhancement Support, GES scheme’s redemption centres in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.
International Fertiliser Development Centre, IFDC Zonal Supervisor in charge of Gwagwalada and Kuje Area Councils, Miss Amarachi Ukeka, disclosed this to newsmen on Friday during a visit to the Tunga-maje Redemption Centre in Gwagwalada.
She said that 5,000 out of the 6,200 farmers had so far redeemed their inputs which comprised NPK and Urea fertilisers and subsidised hybrid maize and rice seeds.
According to her, the Ffederal and state governments subsidise a bag of fertiliser which costs N5, 500 by 50 per cent and improved seeds 90 per cent.
She noted that the GES Programme had adopted the Touch and Pay, TAP system which aids easy capturing and registration of farmers.
“When the farmer comes in here after the enumeration process, each farmer receives a TAP card; every person with a TAP card is entitled to inputs.
“People are identified through the device; the enumeration is free and during the redemption, if the farmer wants maize, he is supposed to pay N5, 700 while rice is N5,810.
“A bag of fertiliser goes for N5, 500; if you get two bags of fertiliser, you only pay for one bag each because 50 per cent is subsidised.