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Niger govt. to buy 8,000 tons of fertiliser

 Niger govt. to buy 8,000 tons of fertiliser

The Niger Government says it will buy 8,000 tons of assorted fertiliser for sale at subsidised rates to farmers during the 2013 cropping season.

 The Commissioner for Agriculture, Alhaji Ibrahim Matane, announced this in Minna on Thursday while addressing newsmen after the State Executive Council meeting.

He said more than N900 million would be spent on the farm input.

He said government opted for direct purchase of fertiliser to take care of the shortfall anticipated from the consignment to be given to farmers by the Federal Government.

Matane said the state government supplemented the consignment from the Federal Government by about 5,000 tons in 2012.

Matane said government had begun a census of farmers that would benefit from the sale of the fertiliser.

The commissioner promised that the commodity would get to the farmers at the right time and in quantity before the rains.

On the Talba Housing Estate, where he is the Chairman of the committee overseeing its completion, Matane said 320 of the 500 houses had been completed and were ready for occupation.

He said the allocation of the houses to outright purchasers had begun.

He said government was also negotiating with some mortgage outfits on how to raise facilities for civil servants and others who could not pay for the houses.

Matane assured that all the houses in the estate would be ready for occupation by the end of April.