The Federal Government has said it will probe the Growth Enhancement Support (GES) scheme initiated by the former Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, for farmers in the Country. The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, disclosed this while receiving Senate Committee on Agriculture led by Senator Abdullahi Adamu in Abuja, Tuesday.
He said the probe became necessary to check the anomalies in quality of seed distributed to farmers as well as financial claims allegedly spent on the farm input especially in 2015. The GES scheme was a farm support initiative where registered farmers in the country paid 50 per cent cost for seeds and fertilizers.
The Minister told the Senate that the agriculture ministry spent huge sum on the GES but currently owes some agro-dealers, who took part in the programme.