November 30, 2022
Agric sector not neglected –Ganduje

Agric sector not neglected –Ganduje

By Usman Usman Garba

Kano State governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has dismissed an opinion that governors do not pay attention to the agricultural sector.

Dr. Ganduje assuring that: “…there are many agricultural programmes taking place across many states.”

The governor, who made the observation during a Good Morning Nigeria programme on Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), on the early hours of yesterday, said he did not subscribe to the claim that the governors do not pay attention to the agric sector.

He argued that: “I do not believe that governors are not paying attention to agriculture. You know the construction of roads and bridges, like similar projects, are projects that you can easily see. 

“But agricultural programmes are being executed by farmers in mostly rural areas. That sometimes even media do not go and see physically.

“And may be only those who are involved in such programmes can tell you what exactly is happening.”

He lamented that: “Information dissemination is limited and not enough, when issues to do with agriculture are involved.”

He added that: “There is the need, therefore for media practitioners to revisit how agriculture is reported nationally.

“It is only, may be through this, that one can come to appreciate state governors’ commitment to agriculture.”

Governor Ganduje disclosed how his state made headway in the agric sector.

He revealed that: “We have stages for the agric development in the state and we started with the sensitisation of farmers regarding federal and state policies; so also on problems of farmers on agric mechanization.

“Issue of inputs is part of our major concerns and we discuss it with our farmers. Then this issue of extension workers and their role on the overall development of the sector.

“We pay attention to mechanised farming. We understand that mechanization is a gap existing in irrigation farming. Also under irrigation farming, we give much attention to the creation of concrete channels to farmlands, as we have 15,000 irrigation farms.”

“Accessibility to farms is another important aspect that our state believes in. For this reason therefore, we have already started access roads to those farms. It is known to all how we resuscitated our fertiliser plant, Kano Agricultural Supply Company (KASCO).

“Kano has enough fertiliser that we supply to other states,” he said.

In another development, the education of 115 youths in the state would be financed by the state Agro Pastoral Development Project (KSADP) in order to enable them study agriculture related discipline.

The State Project Coordinator, Malam Ibrahim Garba Muhammad has revealed this while conducting members of the project’s steering committee round some of its intervention areas yesterday.

He explained that the aim is to provide the youths with the skills and knowledge necessary to drive change in the sector.

 Malam Ameen K. Yassar, the Project Communication Specialist in the state, in a statement he issued, quoted the coordinator saying: “We are going to support the training of 50 OND and 50 HND students from the state in Livestock, Crop Management and Extension in Polytechnics and Colleges of Agriculture.”

He added that 10 postgraduate and five PhD students with specialization in milk processing, rangeland management and extension would be supported to pursue their studies at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and Bayero University, Kano. 

“This is apart from the short term training we are going to give a wide range of agricultural players, including crop farmers, extension workers, vet officials, commodity associations, animal fatteners, milk processors and marketers among others,” he explained.

According to him, since capacity building is a cross-cutting issue in the components off the project, they aim to support the government towards changing agriculture from a mere socio-cultural practice to a more rewarding venture.

“Our project is focusing on capacity building because we aim to support the government towards changing agriculture from a mere socio-cultural practice to a more rewarding economic venture,” he said.

The coordinator added that in doing its work, the project has received tremendous support from the Islamic Development Bank, the Lives and Livelihoods Fund and the government of the state, who have been funding it and closely monitoring its activities to ensure accountability and maximum impact.

The Chairman of the project Steering Committee and Deputy Governor of the state, Dr. Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Sate Ministry of Agriculture, Alhaji Balarabe Hassan Karaye, said the inspection was to ensure that the project’s activities were executed not only in tune with its approved budget but also in line with global best practices.

“As you can see, we are keying into the Federal Government’s agriculture vision and this project is a significant step towards ensuring food sufficiency and job creation for our teeming population,” said the deputy governor.

Projects inspected by the Steering Committee include on-going extension of KSADP office complex, mopping up of small ruminants’ vaccination at Bichi local government area, presentation of inputs to farmers under the KSADP/ SAA crop value chain intervention as well as the renovation of Watari dam and irrigation infrastructure.

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