The Kebbi State Governor, Dr Nasir Idris, has said that his government has procured 6,000 solar pumps and power tillers for special dry season farming.
The governor stated this when he paid a courtesy visit to the Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Abubakar Kyari, in his office in Abuja.
He said, “Kebbi State is ready to complement the Federal Government’s Special Dry Season Programme under the Ministry of Agriculture by providing solar-powered boreholes and power tillers to the participating farmers across the state.
“The state has so far procured 6,000 of such.”
A statement signed by the media aide to the governor, Ahmed Idris, and made available to newsmen on Saturday said the governor used the opportunity to invite the minister as the Special Guest to the launching of the Kaura Agricultural Development and Growth Agenda and the distribution of solar pumps and power tillers to farmers in Kebbi State.
While congratulating the minister for running the affairs of the ministry in tune with the “Renewed Hope Agenda” of the president, the governor expressed the willingness of the state to partner with the ministry in achieving national food security.
Responding, the minister, Senator Abubakar Kyari, recalled that within the past week, he had been privileged to host executives from four states.
He said, “There is no doubt that the collective steps we are taking to boost food production, reduce food inflation, and more assuredly guarantee our national food security are matters of urgent engagement that require increased inter-governmental interactions.
“In November 2023, we have flagged off the Wheat Dry Season Farming across 15 states that are in the wheat-producing belt of the country.”
The minister noted that the flag-off was intended to ensure that Nigeria relies less on rain-fed agricultural production during the wet season and is key to all-year-round farming.
Kyari observed that, in addition to boosting the volumes of crops cultivated, taking advantage of both dry and wet season farming would increase job opportunities, reduce poverty, de-escalate food inflation, and enhance inclusivity.
“These are goals highlighted in President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda. Kebbi is one of the states chosen for dry-season farming across irrigable farmlands.
“Despite some of the initial glitches, it is reassuring that your government took necessary critical steps, such as land preparation and facilitation of tubular irrigation, to enable the cultivation of wheat under the National Agricultural Growth Scheme Agro-Pocket (NAGS-AP) Project.
“We are also aware that your government has supported farmers with additional fertilisers and other inputs and provided funds for commodity associations towards boosting agricultural productivity in the state,” he noted.
The Governor was accompanied by the Secretary to the Kebbi State Government, Yakubu Bala-Tafida, and the Hon. Commissioner for Agriculture, Hon. Shehu Muazu.