The Yobe state government has organised an agricultural retreat to move the state from subsistence farming to profitable agricultural business for food security and economic growth.
The Governors Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa and Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi state were in Damaturu to share their success stories in agricultural development.
Gov. Mai Mala Buni of Yobe, while declaring the retreat open, said although agriculture was the mainstay of the people, it had yielded limited productivity.
“Low productivity of the traditional agricultural system, weak research and extension service, limited access to improved seeds, low level of agricultural mechanisation, poor access to credit facilities are factors that hampered development of agriculture in the state.”
The governor said the retreat would chart a way forward to exploit the boundless opportunities in agriculture to improve the lives of the people.
Meanwhile, Badaru said his state would share its experience on cluster farmer approach for Yobe to consider and put into practice to make agriculture attractive and profitable.
He commended Buni for his initiative of keying into the federal government policy on agriculture to diversify the economy.
Badaru said the value chain in agriculture from planting to cultivation, harvesting, milling and marketing, would provide employment opportunities to the people.
Similarly, Bagudu said Yobe has great potentials in crop and livestock farming that can make agriculture the mainstay of the state’s economy.
“The political will and commitment demonstrated by Governor Mai Mala, will make agriculture successful in Yobe and diversify the economy of the state.
“The initiative to improve agriculture is timely as the federal government under President Muhammadu Buhari has shown great commitment to change the situation with programmes including the Anchor Borrower programme,” he said.