Gov Badaru Seeks Support To Boost Agriculture

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    By: HABU AHMAD, Dutse

    Jigawa State Governor, Alhaji Muhammad Abubakar Badaru has said that, Agricultural development is the main focus of his administration and will remain as such, as Jigawa is an agrarian state endowed with high potentials for rain and irrigated agriculture.

    He stated this today as he officially Commissioned a renovated Fadama coordination office in the state.

    He explained that, “our prompt payments of counterpart funds to the Fadama III additional financing with support funds from world Bank is intentional as the programmers are in line with the administration’s philosophy especially the supports to cluster farmers, youths and women groups.

    “We look forward for more support collaboration with all Interested donor agencies wishing to partner with Jigawa state by providing enabling environment for the socio-economic development of our rural populace especially women and youths, it is our intention to make agriculture a source of our economic growth, he emphasizes.

    Earlier in his remarks, the state Commissioner for Agriculture Alhaji Kabiru Ali, commended the governor for prompt payments of 2014, 2015,2016 and 2017 counterpart funds totaling to one hundred and forty millions naira (N140,000,000) only which enabled the state Fadama office to draw down over one billion naira.

    He further explained that, a total of 125 Rice production clusters with six hundred and eighty one farmers groups have cultivated 6,810 hectares and 68 sorghum production clusters with 350 farmers groups have cultivated 3,500 hectares, 28 Youth groups and 19 women groups have benefited from different types of agro-processing machines.

    “So far 6,810 Rice farmers and 3,500 sorghum farmers have benefited, 470 youths and women agro-processors have been empowered with power tillers, Tricycles, Rice milling machines, Grinding machines and threshers across the state. He explained.

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