The Katsina State Government says it is currently conducting a census of dry season farmers in the state to ascertain their exact number for proper planning for 2018 farming season.
Alhaji Shehu Ibrahim, the Managing Director of Katsina Agricultural and Rural Development Agency (KATARDA), said this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Katsina on Thursday.
“The state government is conducting the census to get data that will assist us to produce a marshal plan that will make dry season farming a success,’’ he said.
Ibrahim said that the census was organised to know the figure of traditional dry season farmers and those involved in the Anchor Borrowers Programme of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
“Katsina State has farmers who have been engaged in the business of dry season farming for over 50 years; these farmers have been cultivating their farms near the dams and Fadama areas in the state.
“We now have women and youths who have started rice, cotton and maize cultivation under the Anchor Borrowers Programme.
“We want to use the data generated from the census to control the usage of water at the dams,” he said.
The managing director, who noted that water was the backbone of dry season farming, said: “We don’t want the farmers to overstretch the dams.’’
Ibrahim said that if the dams started malfunctioning, dry season farmers would be affected and they would incur huge losses.
He said that the state government would control the number of dry season farmers per dam to facilitate perfect irrigation activities.
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NAN reports that Katsina State Government has been promoting dry season farming in all the 34 local government areas of the state through the provision of facilities such as earth dams. (NAN)