Governor of Kano State, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje says plans have reached perfection stage to organize a special summit to address all aspects of agricultural sector.
The summit would put together experts in the field, academics, other State and non-State actors, including Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN and similar institutions, to diagnose and proffer long lasting solutions including improvement on hard-to-reach areas in the sector.
“Agriculture, being the mainstay of our economy needs to be looked at with all seriousness and vigor. So that our major focus of maximum food security would be feasible, doable and sustainable,” Governor Ganduje said.
He was speaking during interaction with heads of the agencies under the ministry of agriculture and natural resources at the government house Kano, aimed at laying genuine and solid foundation for the strengthening of agricultural institutions in the State.
Ganduje said that the agriculture sector needs more interventions from all appropriate quarters, with the view to making it stronger, more self-reliant, more viable and more responsive economically.
“If we really want to achieve optimally, there is every need for us to have workable synergy among our agricultural institutions. We need strong institutions to achieve that. And of course a time line to achieve that is also necessary,”
“Because of the reason that Kano is the largest producer of rice, wheat and tomato, there is every reason for the state to take a sustained leadership in all aspects of agricultural produce in the country, insisting that, “The proposed Summit, will among other things, bring to the table strategies on how to make Kano depend largely on non-oil sector. That is agriculture.” he explained.
On their part the Managing Directors of Kano State Agricultural and Rural Development Agency, KNARDA, Ibrahim Sulaiman Dan’Isle and that of Kano State Agricultural and Supply Company, KASCO, Bala Muhammad Inuwa, assured that they would do their best not to disappoint the governor, his government and the people.
The both agencies are set to strengthen ties which would ultimately set pace for more mutually engaging delivery for the overall agricultural development of the State.
The agencies promised to Establishment 11 numbers of One-Stop-Shop at some strategic locations based on some of the issues discussed during the meeting..
“With the Clusters our farmers will find it very easy to get closer and meaningful contact with our Extension Workers, our Engineers and all other specialized staff with us.”
“Ours is to find ways that are effective in genuinely improving the agricultural sector. We will make good use of our extension workers, Kano state will bounce back to take a lead in all sub-sectors under agriculture,” MD KNARDA said.
Managing Director, KASCO said the agency would build all the 11 Clusters earmarked for some selected locations in the State as part of its corporate social responsibility .
“As a profit making company, like any other limited liability company, we are going to build all the 11 Clusters that would be established purposely with the intention of moving our Irrigation farmers to the higher level.” he said
More Blendingv Machines
He reiterated that currently Kano has the largest and more productive fertiliser company in Nigeria, owned by government stressing that the company would soon procure more blending machines from abroad, for better and optimal performance,
“We have, as at now, over 1,000 trucks of fertilizer that are being supplied to many states. We have gone beyond Kano state now, when it comes to fertiliser distribution. Many states in federation buy from us,” he added.