As measures to revamp the agricultural sector, Zamfara State Government on Sunday, May 27, says it has spent approximately N6.8 billion on agricultural activities in the state within the last seven years.
The state Governor, Abdulaziz Yari made this known at the launch of the 2018 wet season, at Nasarawa Burkullu village in Bukkuyum Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.
Yari explained that the money was used to secure fertilizer, pesticides and other farm inputs in an effort to create an enabling farming environment to farmers in the state.
“Agriculture as the mainstay of our state will have to be strengthened to provide food security not only for the people of the state, but the nation in general and this we will do to the best of our ability,” the governor said.
He also noted that his administration is partnering with the Federal Government to ensure that farmers are adequately protected from threats posed by bandits.
“We have made strong efforts to provide good road network linking several communities and major towns in the state so as to ease transportation difficulties faced by our rural dwellers in the past and to check the menace of armed bandits.
“This has significantly improved security in the state and we are not relenting on this. We will continue to fight all those unrepentant criminals so that our communities can continue to live in peace,” he said.
The Governor added that 25,000 metric tonnes of different fertilizers would be supplied to farmers across the 14 Local Government Areas of the state, while making clear that his government will deal decisively with anyone caught diverting state commodities.
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