Farmers, as well as stakeholders in Bauchi state, have raised an alarm over the influx of substandard fertilizers and other range of agro-chemicals in the market as this year’s farming activities get underway.
The farmers set up a Taskforce Committee to fish out uncertified farm inputs currently in circulation in markets in the state.
Alhaji Abubakar Jafaru Ilelah, Programme Manager Bauchi State Agricultural Development Programme, said this during farmers and stakeholders meeting in Bauchi.
The Programme Manager said the use of adulterated inputs causes poor harvest and stressed the need to fight the ugly trend.
He urged farmers to be vigilant and always consult extension workers in farming activities.
The State Chairman Agric Input Dealers Association Bauchi, Muhammad Sani Abubakar, noted that the aim of the meeting was to find a lasting solution to the problems and called on dealers to ensure the supply of genuine agricultural inputs to farmers.
The meeting has in attendance Extension Workers, Inputs Dealers, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, the Security Agents including the Police and DSS, Standard Organization of Nigeria SON and NAFDAC.