The Kano state government in Northern Nigeria, says it has secured a 95 million dollar loan from the Islamic Development Bank in Saudi Arabia to improve agriculture in the state.
Mallam Nasiru Gawuna, Deputy Governor, disclosed this when he received a delegation from the Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) at the Government House, Kano
According him, the state, which had the best irrigation facilities in the country, needed to improve on them, to strengthen its planned export of agricultural products.
“In terms of agriculture, we have the best irrigation facilities in the country and we are partnering with Islamic Development Bank to restructure them.
“I just came back from Saudi Arabia where we were able to secure a facility; we are going to use most of the 95 million dollars for restructuring irrigation in the state.
“We have the advantage of the largest market in West Africa.
“Whoever that exports ginger, hibiscus or seeds will have to come to Kano to purchase it, process it and export it because Kano is the main hub for that.
“Part of the loan will be used for pastoral agriculture; we are going to develop our production in terms of animals and ruminants,” he explained.