Governor Abubakar Sani Bello has flag off the 2018 cropping season and distribution of tractors worth 2.2 Billion naira to farmers in the state as part of his administration agricultural reform policy.
The Governor while flagging – off this year’s cropping season at the Minna Trade Fair complex disclosed that his administration was according the agricultural sectort the desired attention because of the numerous benefits people of the state coul reap from the major employer of labour.
He noted that the policy thrust of his restoration agenda in Niger state is anchored on the Agricultural sector hence the vigour the administration is pushing its reform agenda.
According to him, in 2017 the administration embarked on the cultivation of 5 hectares of land for Shea butter tree and oil palm cultivation across the state as part of measures to encourage economic tree cultivation.
Governor Bello said already the state government has commence the clearing of 5,000 hectares of land for the cultivation of Shea, cassava and Rice as part of effort to to engage the state teaming unemployment youths across the state.
“Iam sure as the state with highest arable land this new initiatives will go a long way in repositioning the state agricultural sector in view of the enormous economic benefits we will derive from the sector value chain”
On fertilizer, Governor Bello announced that the state has procured a total of 15,000 metric tons of the product to be resold to farmer a cross the state at a subsidize rate of five thousand five hundred naira and directed local government chairmen to monitor the sale and report any one found to be sabotaging the policy directly to his office as government will deal with such individual or group ruthlessly.
The Governor express appreciation to development partners that facilitated the procurement of the 130 tractorsat over over two billion naira that are to distributed to union to farmers union and cooperatives at 25 percent subsidy across the state.
Speaking earlier, the state commissioner of Agriculture and rural development, Hon Haruna Nuhu Dukku said the sate agricultural reform objectives are clearly stated in the state blue print for the attainment self sufficiency in food production and employment generation while activities of unscrupulous middle men are eliminated in the fertilizer distribution network in the state.