Kano State Deputy Governor and Commissioner for Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Alhaji Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna has said that the state remains an active player in the country’s agricultural development as present administration has done several efforts in bringing new ideas that catalyzed farmers to fully engage in farming activities in the state.
He noted that his ministry was supporting agricultural producers, processors and marketers by promoting modern and improved agricultural technologies to increase productivity and incomes thereby reduce poverty and enhance food security.
The deputy governor said this during a parley he held with journalists in the state on the achievements recorded by his ministry in year 2021.
Gawuna said that since assumption of the Ganduje’s administration in 2015, several ideas have been introduced to boost food production in the state.
He added that government had provided enabling environment for farmers which paved way for them to have access to funding, provision of quality and adequate fertilizer through the State Agricultural Supply Company (KASCO), saying the company was rated as one of the leading fertilizer companies nationwide.
He added that the ministry has done the market development and linkages whereby cottage and processing centers were constructed, stressing that 22 cottage and processing centers would be in operation soon in the state.
The commissioner noted that to improve the productivity and livelihood of the farmers in the state government, his ministry strategically worked out modalities to partner with World Bank and Islamic Development Bank, which gave birth to programmes like the Kano Agro Pastoral Development Project, and the agro-processing productivity enhancement and livelihood improvement support project, stressing that farmers were being trained and provided with inputs under these projects.
The deputy governor explained that a lot of programmes were conducted in the largest grains market in sub-Sahara Africa, Danawau, aimed at improving the quality and reservation processes so that zero rejection during exportation of commodities would be recorded.
Gawuna thanked the staff of the ministry and other critical stakeholders in supporting the state government towards utilising agricultural product through provision of improved inputs to achieve increase productivity and marketing of agricultural produce and the commitments centered on food security, support to local production, job creation, economic diversification and improved revenue generation through agriculture.
The deputy governor revealed that the state government has reclaimed 150 hectares of land which amounts to N378 million annually lost to soil erosion under the Watari Irrigation Project.
He assured irrigation farmers that work on the Tiga Dam would be ready by June, this year saying despite the outcry by irrigation farmers over the closure of the Tiga Dam, explained that the dam was shut down to enable the supervising authorities to carry out repairs on the channels.