Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, paid an unscheduled visit to a dry season farming site at Bina village in Lapai Local Government Area where he pledged to assist farmers with improved rice seeds and implements.
According to a resident, Alhaji Abdulkarim Usman, the governor, who was impressed by the farmers’ hard work, sighted them from far after 6pm when he was returning from the eight-day fidau prayers of the All Progressives Congress, APC, gubernatorial candidate in the inconclusive Kogi State election, Prince Abubakar Audu.
Bello stopped his convoy, walked toward their direction and identified himself.
Consequently, he asked them of their challenges as regard dry season farming. The farmers told the governor that their farmlands are always over flooded during the raining season.
Bello promised to send a group of delegates to inspect the land, just as he urged them to include sugarcane farming as it will add more value to their farming activities.
He promised to support them with improved rice seeds, fertilisers, irrigation and other farm equipment, so as to enable them embark on commercial farming, as this would improve their economic base.
Bello assured that the state government will buy their yields after the harvest at reasonable prices, saying they should not be afraid of market prices.
The village spokesperson, Alhaji Abdulkarim Usman Bina, told our correspondent that the entire village was in jubilation since the surprised visit of the governor, as it has encouraged them in no small measure, adding that the governor assured them that their land would not be revoked.
Usman stated that they will form committees as directed by the governor and urged the state government to urgently fulfill its pledge.
He disclosed that the governor urged them to start harvesting at least twice during the dry season, assuring them of government’s encouragement, especially in the area of agriculture.

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