FG to pay N10.3bn debt to Agro-dealers

The Federal Government will this week  commence the payment of the N10.3 billion debt owed Agro-dealers in the country, Alhaji Kabiru Umar-Fara, National Chairman, Agro Dealers Association, has said.

Umar-Fara said the N10.3 billion outstanding debt accumulated under the Growth Enhancement Support (GES) scheme run during former President, Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.

He said the money was for inputs supplied to farmers across the country between 2013 and 2015 for wet and dry season farming.

The national chairman appreciated Chief Audu Ogbeh, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, for pursuing the payment.

“The last chunk of our outstanding payment is ready and most likely will be paid this week.

“We have to use this medium to thank the Minister of Agriculture for honouring his word and pursuing our payment.

“We are thankful to this administration, they met a debt of over N60 billion from the last administration and they agreed to pay.

“As the National Chairman, I am confirming to you that the last payment, which is N10.3 billion is going to be made this week to agro-dealers,’’ he said.

The national chairman said he expects the Federal Government to re-introduce the GES electronic-wallet system for direct allocation of inputs to farmers, now that it had settled the debt it inherited under GES scheme.

“I understand that the minister did not want to do the GES because of the debt they met but now that the debt will be settled, it is the right time to pursue the GES.

“We are appealing that the GES should commence with this rainy or dry season farming,’’ he said.

The agro dealers were owed about N60 billion by President Goodluck Jonathan administration for supplying inputs to farmers between 2013 and 2015.

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