The Jigawa Development Forum (JDF) has urged the Jigawa Government to give emphasis to research and development, extension services and mechanisation in its efforts to boost agricultural production in the state.
The forum made the call in Dutse in a communique issued after a two-day conference organised for stakeholders and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs).
The forum was organised to discuss and review the implementation of the Jigawa Civil Society Declaration and Plan of Action 2013.
The forum also urged the government to expand its agricultural incentives to agro-dealers, processors and marketers.
“The conference noted that the Jigawa State Government made considerable efforts to transform agricultural production so as to diversify the economy of the state.’’
It, however, underscored the need to give considerable emphasis to research and development, extension services and mechanisation to achieve the set objectives.
“Also, having noted the huge success recorded in the cluster farming programme, the conference urges the government to expand its incentives to agro-dealers, processors and marketers.’’
The forum also urged CSOs to sensitise farmers to the need to repay loans given to them by the government so as to enable others to benefit from the scheme.
“CSOs should mount an effective advocacy to enlighten farmers on their obligations to repay revolving loans so that other farmers can benefit.”
The participants of the conference include selected representatives of government, private sector, academics, CSOs, political parties, religious leaders, traditional rulers and the media