Akin-Olagunju O. Asimiyu and B. T. Omonona
Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria ?
Corresponding author: E-mail: [email protected]
Fertiliser subsidy is one of the policy instruments that the Nigerian government is using to makefertiliser available and affordable to farmers. However, in spite of the huge resources committed to the programme over the years, the desired results have not been achieved. This paper examines the efforts of
the stakeholders and the challenges encountered. The review established that policy inconsistency, lack of political will on the part of implementers of the programme and restricted role of the private sector are the major factors responsible for the near-failure of the programme. The on-going Growth
Enhancement Support Scheme (GESS) of the Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA) presents some hope in the light of the pilot scheme outcomes. It is thus recommended that government should adopt hands-off approach and allow the private sector to take over the procurement and distribution of
fertilisers so that government can face its facilitating roles of infrastructural development, programme supervision and quality control. It should also create the right policy environment for sustainable private sector participation