The Sokoto State government said it has introduced additional incentives to farmers to boost cultivation of wheat, sesame, garlic and onion in the State.
The State Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal stated this when he inspected a wheat farm at Taloka, Goronyo Local Government Area of Sokoto State.
Governor Tambuwal said the support became necessary in view of economic benefit of the crops within and outside the country.
“Our support for wheat, garlic, sesame and onion farmers have been doubled to enable Sokoto maintains its position as one of the leading States producing these crops in the nation,” Governor Tambuwal said.
According to him, government will continue to support private sector participation in agriculture in the State, so as to enhance growth of the sector and provide employment opportunities to the teeming youths.
“These additional supports are in the form loans and grants, training of farmers and extension workers in modern farming technique, provision of free and improved seedlings, provision of fertilizer and pesticides and lease of equipment to boost production,” he emphasised.
The Governor commended the owner of the wheat farm for keying into the sector and urged the people and other relevant stakeholders to emulate him.
The farmers also commended the Governor for his various interventions in agriculture activities in the State.