EU pledges more support for farmers in Katsina

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The EU-Oxfam Advocacy in Nigeria said it would continue to push for more funding of agriculture by government to encourage small holder farmers boost production in Katsina State.

Mr. Abubakar Sa’idu, the project Officer Fuel Wood Balance (FUWOBA) funded by EU-Oxfam who gave the statement in Kano at an “Agricultural Budget Priorities Workshop’’ said that the workshop was also aimed at galvanising the government to prioritise agriculture in its annual budget. It also seeks to improve government policies in addressing small scale farmers’ needs in the state.

The Speaker Katsina State House of Assembly, Mr. Tasi’u Musa-Maigari, said the state government is planning to budget over N10 billion for agriculture in 2020.

He added that agriculture is one of the major sources of income and livelihood in the state, as 80 per cent of the people there are farmers.

Musa-Maigari said that the workshop would guide the government on appropriate budget for the agriculture sector.“In 2018 we produced 10,000 metric tons of rice, by the end of 2019 we are expecting 50,000 metric tons,’’ he explained.

Mrs. Salako Olajumoke of the Federal Ministry of Environment, presented a paper on how farmers would adapt to the effects of climate change.

One of the participants, the National Vice Chairman of Miyatti Allah Kautahore, Labdo Usman-Muhammad, called on the state government to improve Nomadic education.

Usman-Muhammad appealed to government to provide more dams for herders to water their cattle, and urged veterinary doctors to give adequate attention to animal health.