The Federal Government has reaffirmed its willingness to collaborate with state governments in order to attain food sufficiency in the next two to three years in the country.
The Minister of State, Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri reaffirmed this when he received in audience the Deputy Governor of Katsina state,Alhaji Mannir Yakubu in his office today.
The Minister said “The Ministry is willing to partner with state Governments to enable us attain self sufficiency in food production in Nigeria in the next 2 or 3 years ,we cannot do it alone , Federal government does not have farms, Federal Government will do more of interventions, it is time to foster a stronger relation with states”.
Senator Lokpobiri noted that the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and other development partners have mapped out a lot of agricultural programmes across all states of the Federation to upscale the growth and development of the nation’s agricultural sector.
The Minister of State assured the Katsina government of the ministry’s supports and interventions in its bid to develop the agricultural sector.
Earlier in his remarks, the Deputy Governor of Katsina state, Alhaji Mannir Yakubu commended efforts of the development partners, particularly the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in the development of agriculture in the state and solicited for more interventions from the Federal Government.
The Deputy Governor said Katsina state is endowed with good arable lands and 80 percent of its population is into farming in different crops such as rice, maize, wheat, sorghum, millet, vegetable and fruits among others. He stated that about 5,000 hectares of land which spreads across the three senatorial zones in the state had been provided as grazing area for the National Grazing Programme of the Federal Government.
Alhaji Yakubu exuded optimism that with the focus of the present administration on the development of Agriculture as an alternative to oil, the people of Katsina state would leverage on the opportunities to further develop their agricultural endowments.
March 30, 2016