The Bauchi state government says it will establish a one-stop grains shop in the state to curtail menace of food adulteration.
Governor Bala Muhammed disclosed this while exchanging views with the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Omar Bello, who paid him a visit in the state.
Muhammed said that his administration would appoint a desk officer who would ensure that all agricultural products being produced, processed and exported, met global best practices adding that the state government would embark on sensitization of farmers and traders against indiscriminate use of agrochemicals, adding that 90 per cent of the population of the state were farmers.
Muhammed stated that in spite of the fact that the state was 100 per cent hopeful of discovering oil and gas deposits, it could not neglect agriculture.
He explained that the state government was liaising with agricultural experts in sensitizing the people drop the current practice of subsistence farming and embrace commercial and mechanised approach.
Muhammed therefore directed the state Ministry of Agriculture to ensure that the message on safe methods for food production, procession and exports reached farmers and traders in the state.