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  • Updated: March 21, 2024

Borno: Zulum commits to attaining food sufficiency, targets cash crops export

Borno: Zulum commits to attaining food sufficiency, targets

Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum has reiterated his administration's commitment for the state to attain food sufficiency through enhanced support for irrigation farming.

The governor said his administration was targeting exportation of cash crops and other farm products, including maize, cassava, sesame among others. 

He said: "We will subsequently change focus and invest our resources in irrigation farming or, rather, food production. 

"I assure you that we will provide the political will needed to achieve food sufficiency. 

"Let's carefully put things in order. Borno State will start exporting sesame and other cash crops in the near future."

Speaking during a visit to the Koiri irrigation farm which is one of the pilot drip irrigation schemes of his administration, Zulum ordered the expansion of the scheme to 300 hectares, with 100 hectares to be cultivated in each senatorial zone.

As contained in a statement by Abdurrahman Ahmed Bundi, the governor's media aide on Wednesday, the Koiri scheme which covers about 20 hectares of land, aims to produce 364 tons of maize and sesame in one crop cycle. 

With three cycles per year, the Koiri scheme is targeted to cultivate over 1,092 tons of maize and other crops annually.

Zulum said: "We need to expand our scope. We should identify bigger land; we can expand with another 100 hectares each in Borno Central, South and North.

"My predecessor has procured about 10,000 hectares of drip irrigation kits. After this year's rainy season, we hope the state will be able to cultivate at least 1000 hectares." 

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