Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has said that Agriculture would remain one of the top priorities of his administration.
The Chief Press Secretary, CPS, to the governor, Jibrin Ndace, said Governor Sani Bello stated this in New Delhi, India, while on a visit to some rice plantations and mills.
He said with the dwindling oil revenue of the country and its effect on financial fortunes of federating states, it was time for Niger state to leverage on its comparative advantage in agriculture.
According to the governor, “Niger state has very vast and arable lands as well as water resources for irrigation farming. That is why agriculture is one of the priority areas we will focus on in the next four years”.
He said his administration would work hard to ensure that it promotes and develops the sector in the state.
“The process has begun. We will work very hard as a government to see that we promote and develop agriculture in the state. It is a large state, within the next four years; we want to see that we put in place necessary infrastructure to develop agriculture. ”
Governor Bello revealed that his visit to India was to establish a more enduring and mutually beneficial relationship between the state and its partners as well as to ascertain the capacity of the companies that want to do business with the state.
“We are in India to build a better relationship with our partners, one of which is Pearl Universal Limited, an Indian company that has a rice farm in Swashi, in Borgu Emirate of the state. The company is developing 6 500, hectares Rice Plantation. And at the same time, we are also trying to promote immediate development of a rice mill at Swashi. ”
He said he was convinced that the state was relating with right partners.
“I can see that they have the capacity; they are well organised and in a well structured environment. And the most important thing for me is that I am convinced that we are relating with right people,” the governor maintained.

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