FEPAR re­leases re­port on FG in­puts dis­tri­bu­tion to farm­ers

Daily Trust - - FEATURE - By Vin­cent A. Yusuf

The Federal Pub­lic Ad­min­is­tra­tion Re­form Pro­gramme (FEPAR), which pro­vides sup­port to selected agencies of govern­ment to im­prove ser­vice de­liv­ery, has re­leased the re­port of a sur­vey on the Federal Govern­ment Growth En­hance­ment Scheme (GES) for farm­ers in FCT.

The re­port ti­tled: “FCT Farm­ers Re­port Card” cap­tured feed­back from farm­ers on their ser­vice de­liv­ery ex­pe­ri­ence un­der the Federal Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture and Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment’s Growth En­hance­ment Scheme (GES), which gets in­puts to farm­ers di­rectly through their mo­bile phones.

The re­port, based from De­cem­ber 16, 2013 and Jan­uary 20, 2014 sur­veyed a to­tal of 533 farm­ers in the FCT. 320 were men while 213 were women. 62 non-GES farm­ers were also stud­ied.

Other stake­hold­ers such as Federal Fer­tiliser Depart­ment, In­ter­na­tional Fer­tiliser De­vel­op­ment Cen­tre (IFDC), Fertliser Sup­plier As­so­ci­a­tion of Nigeria (FEPSAN) and FCT federal min­istry of agric Gwag­wal­ada were also in­cluded in the sur­vey.

Key find­ings of the study showed that 98% of the farm­ers in the FCT were happy with the in­tro­duc­tion of the scheme. With this, the study said 94% of the farm­ers found it easy to ac­cess in­puts while 77% of the farm­ers agreed they had im­proved yield from the in­puts re­ceived un­der the GES.

70% of the farm­ers stated that they have no ad­e­quate in­for­ma­tion as to how long they had to wait in the cen­tres be­fore col­lect­ing their in­puts. 56% found it dif­fi­cult to make com­plaint to federal min­istry of agri­cul­ture on poor ser­vices by in­put sup­pli­ers.

The re­port also high­lighted ma­jor ar­eas of con­cerns to farm­ers to in­clude late roll out of in­puts, in­ad­e­quate in­puts, the long await­ing time for the re­demp­tion of in­put at most cen­tres, in­abil­ity of farm­ers to col­lect in­puts from reg­is­tered lo­ca­tions, and in­ad­e­quate in­for­ma­tion on re­demp­tion process.

The rec­om­men­da­tion of the re­port were that a pe­ri­odic con­sul­ta­tion with the farm­ers on the GES was nec­es­sary as this will help farm­ers to make mean­ing­ful in­puts into the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the scheme; Federal Govern­ment should in­tro­duce the GES cal­en­dar which will give time­line for reg­is­tra­tion and re­demp­tion times and im­proved com­mu­ni­ca­tion strat­egy from govern­ment to farm­ers on the Growth En­hance­ment Scheme.

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