Niger State Government has provided 30 metric tons (30,000kg) of improved Sesame Seed to Farmers to reduce poverty and increase food security in the State.
His Excellency Governor Abubakar Sani Bello stated this at the official flag off of distribution of sesame seeds to Farmers at local government secretariat Lapai recently.
Represented by the Hon. Commissioner Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Alh. Haliru Zakari Jikantoro, the governor said, the state government’s renewed determination to diversify the economic base of the State is given great emphasis and focus to the Agricultural sector as a deliberate policy to provide sustainable employment opportunities and economic prosperity for it’s citizens.
Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello stated that the 30 metric tons (30,000kg) of improved seeds to Farmers is to support commercial production of the crop in the state. Stressing that the intervention is expected to add impetus to the renewed drive by the present administration to explore various opportunities in the sesame crop value chain to drive investment and agro industrialization of the state.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr. Idris Usman Gbogan stated that it is the State Government’s aim to support Agricultural objective in improving sesame seed Farm among other cash crops.
He pointed out that the ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has the mandate of ensuring that our Farmers have access to quality inputs particularly, Fertilizers and improved seeds which are very vital for higher productivity and consequently higher income emphasizing that the present administration under the leadership of Governor Alh (Dr) Abubakar Sani Bello is now determined more than ever before to support the development of the Agricultural sector, Which according to him ,hold the key to the economic prosperity of the State.
Also speaking at the event, the state chairman Sesame Farmers Association, Idris Mohammad assured Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of its member’s preparedness to utilize the intervention.
In his remarks, His Royal Highness Alh. Umar Tafida Bago III Emir of Lapai applaud the state government for taking the decision of assisting Sesame Farmers and called on them to look into establishing a sesame aggregation center in the State.
Courtesy call on the Emir of Lapai by the Hon. Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development and the Management Staff of the Ministry
The Hon. Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Haruna Zakari Jikantoro delivering his welcome address at the occasion of sesame seed distribution
Distribution of sesame seed to farmers by the Perm Sec. Min. of Agric & Rural Dev. Dr. Idris U. Gbogan, Hon. Com. for Agriculture and Rural Development making remarks at the occasion