Jigawa Govt. to distribute 300 mini-harvesters to farmers, youths
The Jigawa Government has concluded plans to distribute 300 mini-harvesters to farmers and youths under its Cluster Farming Scheme.
The Special Adviser to Gov. Muhammad Badaru, on Rice Production Alhaji Jamilu Usaman-Danmalam, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Dutse on Wednesday.
Jamilu-Danmalam said that the gesture was to encourage dry season wheat and rice production under the state’s government cluster farming initiative.
He explained that the other 150 harvesters would be distributed to youths as part of the plans to empower and encourage them to go into farming.
The special adviser pointed out that the youth would use the harvesters to harvest rice or wheat in the farming cluster in the state on commercial basis.
According to him, the gesture is to enable the youth become self reliant.
“It is also to make agriculture attractive and acceptable to youths in the state”.
NAN recalls that the Jigawa Government had on Jan. 24, taken delivery of four containers with several agriculture implements from China.
NAN also recalls that Gov. Muhammad Badaru of Jigawa had on Feb. 3, pledged to link wheat farmers in the state with buyers in order to boost their production.
Badaru gave the pledge while assessing a 50 hectares wheat farm in Warwade village of Dutse Local Government Area of the state.
The tour was part of an assessment tour embarked on by the governor to some farms under the Cluster Farming Scheme, introduced by his administration.
The governor visited farms in Gidan Ari, Yan-Dutse, Gabarin Sintilmawa and Tsidir villages in Ringim and Auyo Local Government Areas.
Badaru said that threshers and harvesters would be provided to the farmers at affordable prices.
According to him, the farmers are expected to produce 125,000 metric tonnes of wheat in 2017 dry season farming period.