Posted by News Express | 10 October 2015 | 2,213 times
The Borno Government on Friday said it had invested over N15 billion in agriculture as part of efforts to revolutionise the sector in the state.
The Commissioner for Agriculture in the state, Alhaji Muhammad Dili, disclosed this in an interview with newsmen in Maiduguri.
Dili said that Governor Kashim Shettima had, so far, laid a solid foundation for smooth take off of all relevant state agricultural programmes.
He said the state government had, in the past two years, trained over 100 youths in various agricultural skills with a view to boosting employment opportunities among the teeming unemployed youths.
The commissioner disclosed that the state government had equally imported about 500 rice mills from Thailand as part of its efforts to boost rice production in the state.
According to him, the mills will be distributed to farmers’ cooperative associations to improve the quality local rice production in the state.
Dili explained that the state government had also purchased about 1000 tractors that would be distributed to peasant farmers across the 27 Local Government Areas in the state.
“Plans are underway to provide appropriate infrastructure to enhance fish production in the state.
“The state government will also build about 40 artificial dams in 50 communities across the 27 Local Government Areas to boost fishing activities.
“We are geared towards promoting sustainable food production, providing technical and social support to the farming communities in order to improve their living standards.
“Some of the communities to benefit include - Bama, Baga, Damboa, Kwaya Kusar, Minor, Minoc, Benishaik, Jakana, Magumeri, Auno and Kala Balge among others.
“Our farmers in Magumeri and Damboa are also good producers of groundnut.
“We already have about 550 hectares of farmland on which to grow crops as soon as the Boko Haram security challenge is over.” (NAN)
•Photo shows Gov. Shettima
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