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  • News - North West - Kebbi
  • Updated: March 25, 2024

Kebbi: Gov Idris invests over N2 bn to enhance agriculture

Kebbi:  Gov Idris invests over N2 bn to enhance agriculture

The Kebbi State Government has invested the sum of N2.9 billion to support farmers with fertilizer and other agricultural inputs to enhance agriculture in the state.

The State Governor, Nasir Idris stated this on Sunday when he hosted the 2023 Presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi at the State Government House in Birnin Kebbi. 

Governor Idris who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Yakubu Bala Tafida commended Obi for the visit and appreciated him for his positive comments on the state. 

The governor assured that his administration will continue to invest in human capital development and agriculture to enhance economic development.

As contained in a statement by Yahaya Sarki, the governor's spokesperson, Idris added that the state recognizes the importance of agriculture to the economic growth of the state.

He said: "Recently, the state government procured fertiliser worth N2.9 billion and distributed it free to farmers irrespective of party inclination, as well as distributed solar- powered water pumps and other agricultural input to farmers aimed at reducing the cost of production, increase in yields and stabilising prices of farm produce."

In his earlier remark, Peter Obi highlighted that the problems of insecurity, poverty, inflation and food insufficiency will be permanently eradicated with an improvement in agricultural production in the country. 

He said that it was necessary for the Federal Government to invest heavily in agriculture in its capacity as the backbone of the economy more than oil. 

He said: "Nigeria has the largest uncultivated land of any nation in the world, most of which is located in the Northern part of the country. 

"With effective agricultural production, the sector has the capability to take millions of Nigerians out of poverty and address the problems of insecurity in the country. 

"In addition, agriculture is the basic foundation for attaining food security, eliminating hunger and also serves as foreign exchange earner to stabilise the economy.

"We have no other country but Nigeria; we must bequeath a better place to our children. 

"I am on a private visit to Kebbi state as I have already visited Nasarawa, Niger and Sokoto States to be part of Ramadan breakfast with our fellow Muslims and identify areas of need where I can assist.

"In the course of my visit to Kebbi, I have provided Ramadan breakfast to 100 Muslim faithfuls and also commissioned a solar- powered borehole at Hutawa Fulani settlement in Birnin Kebbi."

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