SOKOTO STATE GOVT WILL CONTINUE TO PRIORITIZE AGRICULTURE, SAYS GOV. TAMBUWAL
Sokoto state government will continue to accord a top priority to agricuture in the state.
Governor Aminu Waziri tambuwal stated this at the opening ceremony of a two- day 4th Nigeria Zero Hunger Forum hosted by sokoto state government, held at International Conference Centre, Kasarawa, Sokoto.
He said various programmes have been initiated and implemented since the inception of present administraion aimed at boosting agriculture and ensure food security in the state.
Tambuwal explained that over eighty per cent of the population of the state was engaged in one form of agriculture or the other and that explains why agriulture takes considerable portion of his annual budget.
He said farmers in the state are producing variious farm produces which include rice, wheat,garlic and vegetables, as well as fisheries and livestock development, among others.
Governor Tambuwal added that, from 2015 to date, the state government had procured 49,000 metric tons of assorted fertilizers and sold same to the farmers at highly subsidized rate of 4000 naira each per bag .
He also disclosed the procurement of 15,000 units of water pumping machines, at the rate of 30,000 naira each and sold them to the farmers at the cost of 10,000 naira each.
Similarly ,the state government had procured 1000 units of tiller machines at the rate of 169,000 each and sold each to the farmers at the cost of 50,000 naira each, as well as procurement of supportive agricultural inputs, such as Faro rice seeds,protection nets against quela birds, assorted vegetable seeds, among others.
Tambuwal further maintained that the state is blessed with a population of over ten million livestock ranging from cows,sheeps,camels, donkeys, horses and chickens.
He thanked former President Olusegun Obasanjo for initiating the forum and assured the continous support to the programme.
In his remark , the chairman of the forum , former president, chief olusegun obasanjo appealed to sokoto state government to key into Public Private Partnership to produce nutrients to children.
" I saw various potentials that will make nutrients like Soya beans and other ingredients"
While commending the state governor, for the giant strides in the agriculture, Mr Obasanjo noted that a lot still needs to be done by all the stakeholders, to achieve food sufficiency in the country.
In his address, the sultan of sokoto , Alhaji Sa 'ad Abubakar urged the participants and other stakeholders to invest heavily on research , so as to be in tune with modern farming technologies .
He advised the organisers to make proper implementation of the recommendations at the end of the programme.