KTSG earmarks N6.4bn in 2017 budget to boost agriculture — S/A
Katsina State Government has earmarked N6.4 billion in the 2017 budget to boost agriculture, Alhaji Abdullahi Imam, Special Adviser to Gov. Aminu Masari on Budget and Planning, has said.
Imam disclosed on Thursday in Katsina, that the government had also set aside N2 billion in the budget for the purchase of farm tillers for distribution to farmers.
“The government has set aside N1.1 billion in the budget for rehabilitation of several dams in the state to enhance irrigation farming.
“The government has set aside N3.6 billion for the purchase of assorted fertilisers for distribution to farmers.
“The government has also earmarked N700 million for participation in Fadama III project,” he said.
The SA said the government accord high priority to agriculture, adding that this informed the lion share given to the sector in the 2017 budget.
He said that the government was committed to boosting of food production since 70 per cent of the citizens are farmers.
“The government is aware that the citizens are mostly farmers; that is why it invested heavily on road construction to assist the farmers convey their produce to the markets,” he said.
Imam urged the people to support the APC administration in the state to enable them enjoy the dividends of democracy.