The farmers told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that lack of access to fertiliser during the previous planting season contributed to shortage and high cost of vegetables in markets.
He said that the price was too high for most subsistence farmers in the state.
Azzare said that not less than 23 bags of 50kg fertiliser would be required to ensure good harvest from his farm.
According to him, many farmers have resorted to the use of organic manure from animal waste to enrich the soil to enable them to break even.
“The organic manure application is cumbersome and requires much labour unlike the NPK inorganic fertiliser application that even gives better yield.
“Many of us did not plant this period because of our inability to get inputs at reduced price; that is a threat to food security in the near future,” he said.
Azzarr added that if government could help by bringing the price down, more farmers would cultivate during the late planting season and ensure availability of vegetables all year round.
Dogo, who said that he hired 15 labourers to assist him in his two hectares, said that fertiliser was essential to enable him to engage them all year round and make profit.
“I want government to sell fertilser to us. I have been going to the government warehouse at Ojo Agriculture Inputs office for the product but there is non there.
“The last time we got fertiliser there was two years ago at N5,000 per bag. It is much better than the rate at the open market,” he said.
The farmer said that availability of the product would encourage many of his colleagues to cultivate more, gainfully engagg more people and make vegetables cheaper in the market.