The Growth Enhancement Support Scheme (GESS) has been described as a boost to farming industry in Nigeria, according to the secretary of All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Alhaji Garba Bichi, reports NaijaAgroNet.
The GESS, NaijaAgroNet also reports, is a policy introduced by the President Goodluck Jonathan administration to help farmers in growing their crops using fertilizer at a subsidize rate.
Alhaji Bichi told NaijaAgroNet in Kano, that not less than 120,000 farmers specialize in rice farming are going to receive fertilizer at a subsidize rate from the Federal Government for irrigation rice production.
Some aim of the scheme, he said, include targeting of 5 million farmers each year for 4 years that will receive GESS in their mobile phone directly totaling 20 million at the end of 4 years and to provide support directly to farmers to enable them procure agricultural inputs at affordable prices, at the right time and place.
Alhaji Bichi confirmed that the distribution will commenced Monday, February 2, 2015 and it would be in 44 Local Government Areas in 48 recovery centers in the state of Kano.
Stressing that the distribution will be at all the redemption centers in the state on receipt of short message service alert on their handsets and enjoined farmers to look out and ensure they participate fully.
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