Growth Enhancement Scheme driving the agriculture transformation
Stakeholders at the on going 19th Nigerian Economic Summit say the Growth Enhancement Support Scheme (GES) introduced by the Federal Government is a major driver of the agricultural transformational progrmme.
The Growth Enhancement Support Scheme was introduced by the Federal Government to drive its Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA) and the process defines the mechanism that is farmer friendly, ensuring real farmers get fertilizer and other inputs directly at substantially subsidised rates.
The GES was initiated and the scheme was principally to deliver government-subsidised farm inputs directly to farmers, using their mobile phones and reaching the farmers directly.
With the GES, the government withdrew from direct fertilizer purchase and the distribution, and introduced an alternative, transparent and efficient system of distribution built on the voucher system. Under the scheme, registered farmers have been receiving e-wallet vouchers with which they redeem fertiliser and seeds from agro dealers.
According to Ibrahim Abdullahi, Managing Director Maslahi Seeds, the intervention of the Federal Government through the GES in distribution of over 20,000 metric tones of seeds to farmers had assisted the farmers to boost their production and appreciate in yields.
Eric Eboh a professor of Agro-economics at the University of Nigeria Nsukka,said sustaining such programmes as governments come and go , has proven troublesome in developing economies over the generations. He added however, that the President had assured that the process would be sustained even after he leaves office beause he is bent on building institutions rather than individuals.
By: HARRISON EDEH