KATSINA- Special adviser to Katsina state Governor on Agriculture, Dr. Abba Abdullahi has revealed that, no fewer than 500 farms were abandoned by farmers as a result of the activities of banditry in the state.
Abdullahi who made this assertion while briefing newsmen on the activities of his ministry at the weekend in Katsina, said this represent a shortfall of about thirty percent in the expected yield for the 2020 wet farming season.
He however assured that the government has developed new strategy to improve the dry season farming to cover the 30 percent shortfall experienced in the wet season farming.
The special adviser who attributed the state government failure to distribute fertilizer for the last wet season farming to the Covid-19 pandemic promised that the fartilizer will be distributed for the dry season farming.
He noted that due to the state government efforts in improving irrigation farming in the state, it’s yield according to him has tripled.
Abdullahi disclosed that dams across the state were rehabilitated to serve for the all year round irrigation activities, adding that some of the rehabilited dams include, Daberam, Sonkaya, Kwanar Are, Makera, ‘Yar Tsaku, Jibia, Bakori and Tafoki dams amongst others.
The SA Agriculture stated that, in the government efforts to reinvigorate the capacities of extension agents as well as increase their numbers, it had entered into collaboration with USAID, Winrock International to trained 60 extension agents in participatory extension methodology.
On the anchor borrower programme, Abdullahi disclosed that the total sum of N12 billion has been invested on 170,000 rice farmers that benefitted and were able to produce at least 250,000 metric tons of rice.