Sokoto State Patners Bill Gates on Agriculture

Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State has purchased 26,000 metric tons of fertiliser for sale to farmers at a subsidised rate of N1, 780 per bag, adding that the efforts would boost agriculture production in the state.
The governor disclosed this in katsina while launching the sale of the commodity. He explained that 100 bags would be given to each polling unit in the 34 local government areas of the state, adding that the subsidy was to reduce the hardship farmers encountered in obtaining fertiliser.
The governor said that the commodity would be sold only to genuine farmers irrespective of their political party affiliations and that government had retrieved 1,000 tons of fertiliser that were given to individuals by the former administration in the state. He warned against the diversion of the commodity, “anyone found wanting in the course of the distribution of the fertiliser will face the wrath of the law,’’ he said.
He also said his administration would accord agriculture a top priority to ensure self-sufficiency in food production, adding that government would resuscitate grazing lands in the state to minimise clashes between farmers and herdsmen.
Masari promised to rehabilitate some dams to encourage people to embrace farming, noting that the step would reduce rural-urban drift and create job opportunities.
In his remarks, the Kankia local government head of administration, Alhaji Umar Mustapha, commended the state government for according agriculture top priority and appealed to the state government to rehabilitate the collapsed Kafin-soli dam that supplied drinking water to communities around the area.
Meanwhile, President of Nigeria Trawler Owners Association, NTOA, Mr Akinsola Amire appealed to the federal government to provide fishing terminals for the fishing industry in the country.
Amire who stated this recently in Lagos, explained that fishing terminals were necessary to enhance the operators’ productivity by reducing their operational cost.
“Nigeria is the only country in the world that has not provided fishing terminal for its fishing industry, the situation has created uncertainty for the operators and most of our members are out of business as they can no longer cope with the numerous challenges confronting the industry.
“For now, it is only two of our members that are exporting shrimps to the United States,’’ he said.
He noted that the federal government’s plan to concession Kirikiri Lighter Terminal 1and 2 where the fishing companies operated from presently would not benefit the industry, adding that many fishing companies want to export shrimps to the U.S.A but are handicapped by high cost of production.
Amire said the two companies exporting shrimps to the U.S.A sell about 17 tonnes per month and that they exported one container of shrimp each respectively and earned about 250, 000 dollars per month for the efforts.
The NTOA president said the operators needed peace of mind which would enable them benefit from the Nigerian Export Promotion Council’s, NEPC, assistance.