Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger on Friday said the state government would equip farm institutes at Tegina, Kuta, Nasko and Bida local government areas to train youths in modern farming methods in 2018.
The governor said this while presenting the state’s N128 billion 2018 budget proposal to the state House of Assembly.
Bello added that the budget, christened “People’s Budget” had provisions for farm institutes to train youths in all year farming system.
He explained that arrangements had been concluded by the state government to clear 2,000 hectares of land under the Accelerated Agriculture Development Scheme.
The governor said ” we will increase the number of agricultural equipment hiring centres across the state to 15 and rehabilitate irrigation schemes.
“We shall continue to collaborate with agricultural development partners in rural transformation, value chain development and extension delivery.”