05 Dec 2020
Secretary to the Government of Niger State addresses the Media on the Niger State Policy on Agriculture and Agriculture Investment Plan 2020-2024
The Secretary to the Government of Niger State (SSG), Ahmed Ibrahim Matane addresses the Media on the Niger State Policy on Agriculture and Agriculture Investment Plan 2020-2024 held at the Conference Hall of SSG’s Office.
According to the SSG, agricultural sector remains the backbone of the State’s economy which is continuously been leveraged upon to ensure food self-sufficiency for the increasing population, employment generation and stimulating agro industrial development.
One of the key challenges identified as inhibiting the growth and development of the sector was the absence of a Policy on Agriculture in the State, SSG pointed out.
The Agriculture Policy provides a framework that enunciates the guidelines, objectives, structures, standards and strategies for achieving the much desired agricultural development in the State, Ahmed Matane disclosed.
He said the State Agricultural Investment Plan, is a statewide intervention that maps out agricultural investment needed to achieve the State’s Development Objectives from 2020-2024. The investment plan is anchored on the budgeting process and the State’s Agriculture Sector Medium Term Sector Strategy (MTSS), Federal Government Agricultural Promotion Policy and the Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP).
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Speaking at the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Niger State Government and the investors Elephant Group PLC,the state commissioner of Agriculture and Rural Development Haliru zakari Jikantoro said the step was taken to ensure sustainable operation and Management of the mill in order to justify the enormous Investment made.
He stated that due diligence procedure were followed before the State Government approved the recommendation of his Ministry to concession the Rice Mill to Elephant Group.Adding that the koica Rice Mill was made possible by the south Korean Government through the Korea International cooperation Agency.
Alh Haliru zakari Jikantoro said the effort was to diversify the economic base of the state and facilitate agro industrialization by leveraging on the potentials of the state in Rice production.Adding that Niger State is the largest producer of Rice in the country and the state wish to produce more and more of this Rice not only in quantity alone but the quality should also be achieved.
The Elephant Group PLC General manager project Mr Rotimi Fashola assured the Niger State Government of a functional and quality Rice that would be of top range.
He said, Elephant Group is looking at working with Niger State Farmers for bulk raw materials, Employment and good quality Rice.
The permanent secretary Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Dr Idris Usman Gbogan affirmed the signing of the MOU is a sign of greater things for the development of the state.
He also stated that both parties agreed the concession period of 10 years in the first instance with annual concession rate of 25 million Naira and renewable of 3 years after the after the initial of 10 years.
The Niger State Government has partnered with Maizube Farms in furtherance of effort towards actualization of the State’s Livestock Transformation Agenda.
The partnership involves a familiarization visit paid to the farm by the Commissioner of Livestock and Fisheries, Hon. Haruna Nuhu Dukku alongside the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr. Wasa Jonathan in Minna.
The Commissioner and his team were received by the Managing Director of the farm, Mustapha Abdulsalam shortly after which they were conducted round different sections of the farm including Dairy Processing Unit, Cow Sheds, Feed Centre, sick bay among others.
Hon. Haruna Nuhu Dukku pointed out that the vision of the State Government under the leadership of Governor Abubakar Sani Bello is to make Niger State Nigeria’s new Livestock hub stressing that the Livestock and Fisheries sector harbour opportunities for serious investors to grab.
In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary described Maizube Farms as a reputable Firm pointing out that the State Government was already in partnership with not fewer than six companies who are presently investing in Livestock and Fisheries particularly at the famous Bobi Grazing Reserve among other reserves in the State.
He therefore seized the opportunity to call on the public to take advantage of the ongoing free vaccination exercise to have their Livestock and other small ruminants vaccinated across the 25 Local Government Areas of the State.
The Managing Director of the farm, Mustapha Abdulsalam expressed delight over the visit adding that Maizube Farms looks forward to a robust partnership that will facilitate actualization of the State’s Livestock new vision.
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