Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) says it has committed over $2million to agricultural development in Niger State to boost food production.
Associate Programme Officer, AGRA Niger State, God’swill Aguiyi, made the disclosure at this year’s edition of Niger state council on agriculture and launching of the policy document, where he disclosed that they had been supporting the state to develop its agricultural policy.
Also speaking, a Professor of Agricultural Extension and Development Communication at the University of Ibadan, Professor Muhammed Kuta Yahaya, commended the Cross River and Niger states on their food sufficiency initiative and efforts to provide an alternative source of revenue for their respective states through agriculture and agricultural processing.
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State said he was making the Bobi Grazing Reserve a model of Nigeria’s main pastoral development strategy in which nomadic pastoralists are settled into mixed farmers who will take crop growing to supplement livestock farming for production of meat and milk.
Represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, the governor pledged to sustain the meeting annually as the government had granted approval for the two documents to guide the development of agriculture in the state and join the league of only a few states with agriculture document in Nigeria.