Niger State Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
Minna-Paiko Road, Minna Niger State
Mon-Fri: 08:00 - 16:00
18 Feb 2022


Niger State Government is to establish international market at Lapai and Agaie with a view of adding value to Sesame farming and marketing.

This was disclosed by the permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Idris Usman Gbogan while paying courtesy to the royal fathers of Lapai and Agaie recently.

The permanent Secretary appreciated the Emirs for the lands given for the establishment of the markets to attract investors into sesame production in the state.

According to Dr Gbogan, the selection of the two communities was based on the high production of sesame and the attraction of the Commodity at the international market.

He solicited the cooperation of the royal Fathers in the Area to sensitize and educate their communities on the development and its economic values to the people and the nation in general.

In their separate remarks, the Emirs of Lapai and Agaie expressed their optimism over the establishment of export market with in the two communities and promised to sensitize their subjects on the socio economic benefits of sesame farming.

The permanent Secretary was accompanied by the officials of the Ministry, the coordinator Nigeria Export promotion council, Mr Bello Noma, Architects from ministry of works, DG Niger State Export promotion council amongst others.


09 Jun 2021

Official Flag off of 2021 Wet season Fertilizer Sales and Distribution in Niger State

The Official Flag off of 2021 Wet season Fertilizer sales and distribution in Niger State by the Executive Governor of Niger State represented by his Deputy Alh. Mohammed Ketso in Minna on 8th June, 2021.

So far, 15,000MT of NPK fertilizer at 8,000 Naira per bag have been delivered to destination warehouses across the 25LGAs of Niger State for onward sales to farmers. The State also pledged to subsidies inputs to smallholder farmers while creating room for private sector to drive inclusive agricultural transformation in Niger State.

16 Dec 2020

Livestock and Fisheries Development

The Commissioner of Livestock and Fisheries Hon. Haruna Nuhu Dukku attended a stakeholder meeting with a powerful delegation from Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) preparatory to the construction of a new model of Cattle Ranching in Sheyi Grazing Reserve.

The meeting which took place in Minna also had the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr. Wasa Jonathan among other senior staff of the Ministry in attendance.

It will be recalled that in the early September 2020, Hon. Haruna Nuhu Dukku alongside the Permanent Secretary undertook an official visit to Abuja the aftermath of which only Niger and Kaduna States were nominated to serve as pilot states for the implementation of the National Livestock Transformation Agenda with technical support from FAO.

It is expected that by next month, January 2021, FAO will mobilize to site for commencement of execution of the project. Among the facilities to be constructed at the over 3-hectre cattle ranch include, Irrigation site, boreholes, milk collection centre, solar power installations and parking lot.

FAO opened its office in Nigeria in 1978 and has therefore been operational for over 40 years in the country. The FAO support and activities focused on providing technical assistance and policy advice for the development of crops, livestock, fisheries and forestry sub sectors, with due emphasis given to institutional capacity building and development of local skills and expertise to ensure sustainability.

In the same vein, the Commissioner also undertook an inspection tour to the construction site of a modernised Live-bird market and slaughtering centre at the Kure Ultra Modern Market and Chanchaga Irrigation Site in Minna.

At the Kure Market, Hon. Dukku alongside the Permanent Secretary were received and conducted round the facility by the Chairman of the Bird Sellers Group. Dukku however, expressed satisfaction over the progress of work as the work has attained near 90% completion.

Other facilities made available at the Live-bird market include motorised borehole with 6,000-litre capacity overhead tanks, toilet facilities, bird cages, among others.