By Nasiru Muhammad
Kano State governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has charged members of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) to redouble their efforts towards boosting economic development for national progress.
Represented by his deputy, Dr. Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, the governor made the statement recently while declaring open the General Assembly of Farmers organised by AFAN at Government House, Kano.
A statement from the spokesperson of the deputy governor, Hassan Musa Fagge, made available to The Triumph, said that the governor called on the farmers to ensure that voice of AFAN is all over the country, particularly through their programmes aimed at improving agricultural activities.
“The General Assembly of Farmers should be seen as an avenue for contributing to the nation building and should commensurate with the size of the membership strength of AFAN, as the farmers in this country constitute at least 70% of the population,” Ganduje said.
He further assured that the state government would continue to partner with farmers in promoting agricultural activities, especially irrigation farming, adding that his administration has even introduced new technologies and ideas to prevent losses in the farming sector.
On his part, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Sabo Nanono has said that the Federal Government has earmarked N600 billion to enhance farmer access to agricultural financing in the country.
The minister added that farmers were targeted to benefit from the interest free facility designed to encourage application of modern technologies in rice and cash crop cultivation.
He added that his ministry has so far registered about 5.7 million farmers across the country all in an effort to bring them closer to the government.
Tasking farmers to utilize present administration agricultural policy, he said the country is fortune with its arable land which no country across the globe that is much lucky like it.
While commending AFAN for organising the event, the minister then urged the national leadership of the association to carry all their members along, calling on them to be more organised and stand on their feet.
In his remarks, the Caretaker President of the association, Alhaji Faruk Rabi’u Mudi said they have embarked on its reorganization from the grassroots to the national level as well as integration of the commodity associations into the structure.
He added that his leadership has distributed farm inputs worth over N100 million to farmers through the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, and has also acquired office accommodation at the Central Business District of Abuja including entering into partnership with a Chinese firm to invest in rice, soya beans and maize production.
Other highlights of the occasion included the presentation of awards to President Muhammad Buhari, the state governor and his deputy, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development and the chairman of the Board of Trustees of the association respectivel