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  • News - North West - Katsina
  • Updated: May 28, 2024

Katsina Governor distributes 722 motorcycles to workers

Katsina Governor distributes 722 motorcycles to workers

Governor Dikko Radda of Katsina State has distributed 722 motorcycles and knapsack sprayers to extension workers across the 361 wards in the state.

Also, he inaugurated the sale of 400,000 bags of fertilisers to farmers for the 2024 cropping season. 

The governor, who launched the initiative on Monday in Katsina, emphasized that the fertilisers would be sold to farmers at subsidized rates. 

He highlighted that these efforts were part of the activities marking his first anniversary in office and underscored their importance in advancing economic empowerment, agricultural development, and transforming the agricultural landscape of the state.

The governor said that “extension agents play a pivotal role in bridging the gap between our agricultural policies and the grassroots level.
”By equipping them with the necessary tools, we empower them to reach remote areas, provide valuable expertise, and support our farmers in adopting modern farming practices.

“The distribution and sales of fertiliser for the 2024 farming season underscores our unwavering commitment to ensuring food security and boosting agricultural productivity.

”By making fertilisers readily available and accessible at a subsidised price to our farming communities, we aim to catalyse agricultural growth, alleviate poverty and stimulate economic development across the state. 

”We recognise that agriculture is the backbone of our economy, and by investing in the sector, we lay the foundation for sustainable progress and prosperity for generations to come.

”As we embark on this journey towards a more vibrant and resilient agricultural sector, let us remain steadfast in our determination to harness the full potential of our land and resources.

”Together, we can build a future where every farmer thrives, every community flourishes and our state emerges as a beacon of Agricultural excellence”.

Earlier, Ahmed Bakori, the commissioner for agriculture and livestock, said one of the key initiatives by the present administration in the state was the promotion of dry-season farming. 

He said the state government significantly expanded agricultural output and resilience to climate variability.

Bakori said the state government also distributed solar water pumps, improved seeds, fertilisers and trained farmers to enable them to engage in all-year-round activities.

The commissioner said the state government had resuscitated the Makera Songhai farms and screened 102 candidates who studied agriculture-related courses for training under the Songhai initiative.

”By revitalizing these flagship agricultural enterprises, our state is poised to harness modern technologies and best practices to drive productivity, create employment opportunities and promote agribusiness development.”

He further said the state government invested N234 million to support 550 women farmers affected by banditry.

”Also, over N339 million has been invested in 3,876 women whose businesses were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“And this brings the total money invested in women within the last year for agricultural entrepreneurship to N584.8 million”.

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