Aregbesola Receives Kebbi State’s Agricultural Experts In Osun (Photos)

Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola played host to agricultural experts from Kebbi State who are on a visit to the state to discuss plans for the development of agriculture. Pictures below:

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Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, presenting the state
plaque to the Leader of Kebbi State Agricultural Experts and
Commissioner of Animal Health, Husbandry and Fishery, Mr. Adamu
Ibrahim, during the Kebbi State Agriculture experts visit to the
Governor on how to develop agriculture in the State, held at the State
Government Secretariat, Abere,
Osogbo, last Weekend

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Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (3rd right); Chairman,
Tuns Farms Nigeria Limited, Chief khamis Olatunde Badmus (2nd right),
Leader of the delegation and Kebbi State Commissioner of Animal
Health, Husbandry and Fishery, Mr. Adamu Ibrahim (middle), Director,
Kebbi State Veterinary Services, Dr. Bala Kakale (right) and others,
during the Kebbi State Agriculture experts visit to the Governor on
how to develop agriculture in the State, held at the State Government
Secretariat, Abere,Oshogbo, last weekend.

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Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (5th right); Chairman,
Tuns Farms Nigeria Limited, Chief khamis Olatunde Badmus (4th right),
Leader of the delegation and Kebbi State Commissioner of Animal
Health, Husbandry and Fishery, Mr. Adamu Ibrahim (5th left), Director,
Kebbi State Veterinary Services, Dr. Bala Kakale (3rd right) and
others, during the Kebbi State Agriculture experts visit to the
Governor on how to develop agriculture in the State, held at the State
Government Secretariat, Abere,
Osogbo, last Weekend.

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Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (2nd right); Chairman,
Tuns Farms Nigeria Limited, Chief khamis Olatunde Badmus (right),
Leader of the delegation and Kebbi State Commissioner of Animal
Health, Husbandry and Fishery, Mr. Adamu Ibrahim (2nd left) and
Manager, Tuns Farms Nigeria Limited, Mr. Lekan Badmus, during the
Kebbi State Agriculture experts visit to the Governor on how to
develop agriculture in the State, held at State Government
Secretariat, Abere, Osogbo, last Weekend

Osun’s Agric Trainees In Germany Vow To Turn Around Agriculture In Osun

… Excited Over Exposures To New Agricultural Technologies

Exactly three weeks after leaving Osun, Nigeria and arriving in the State of Saxony-Anhalt for their three months intensive training in agriculture and food production technology, beneficiaries of the scheme have expressed high hopes that Nigeria’s fate lies in modern agriculture enterprises.

The beneficiaries, who shared their experiences with a German newspaper A-Z Online revealed how their three weeks already spent in Germany have shown that Nigeria’s economy had refused to grow because of the country’s over-dependence on oil.

The ongoing training is in furtherance of the collaboration between the State Government of Osun and the state of Saxony-Anhalt Germany. ‎

The training is in continuation of government’s drive to revolutionise agriculture in the state under the Osun Rural Enterprise and Agriculture Programme (O’REAP) and boost food productions for local consumption as well as export.‎

Adesuyi Fasola Michael and Adebayo Waheed Adekunle, both trainees, were quoted by the German newspaper as expressing satisfaction with their trainees, vowing that Nigeria and Osun in particular would feel their impact when they return to Nigeria.

Also in a statement by the Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Office of the Governor, Fasola was quoted as saying, “We are poised to take agriculture to a new height in our state,” said Fasola while stating that Nigeria’s potentials in agriculture have been lying untapped for ages.

Adekunle, who also spoke with the German newspaper, said when the new technologies are deployed in agric business, Nigeria will have a lot to learn from them.

“We are here for the future of our country. I am confident that this is the way to go if Nigeria must feed itself and as my Governor, Rauf Aregbesola tells all of us, a nation that cannot feed itself is on its path to perish. Our people must perish.”
The coast became clear for the youths who have been selected for the training when they rounded up their German Language training in Osogbo.‎

The completion of the language course under the supervision of a German Instructor, marked the end of the preparations for the journey aimed at producing the next set of technically skilled hands that who would advance the state in its agricultural business enterprises.

The youth numbering eighteen having arrived Germany like the first batch, spent three days at Kolping Training Institute in Hettstedt where they received orientation in simple cultural ethics of the Germans.‎

The Osun team after the 3 days orientation in Hettstedt was visited by the German Cooperative Farmers in continuation of their practical ways of modern agriculture.

Interactive session on how to make the experience of the visiting youths worth-while were held with the German farmers and the students were distributed, based on their areas of interest.

The trainees were handed over to the farmers at two per Cooperative Farmer with their theory training syllabus.

The trainees, like the first set, will undergo a four-week intensive course in agricultural training school, where they will be exposed to the rudiments of modern agriculture and food crop production techniques.

This will also be followed by another weeks of attachment trainings under different large-scale co-operative farmers in the State of Saxony-Anhalt to enable them learn more and build on the assessed capacities and interests they have acquired during the first four weeks of training‎.‎

The immediate past Senior Special Assistant on Quick Impact Intervention Programme (QUIIP), Mr. Dele Ogundipe, explained that serious agricultural development has always been the cardinal objective of the Rauf Aregbesola administration.

He said, “I visited the Ministry of Agriculture in Saxony-Anhalt and was met by the Director for Foreign Partnerships- Mr. Mathias Willen Bockel.

“During the meeting, the Director showed me the congratulatory letter written to the new Minister of Agriculture of Saxony-Anhalt by Mr. Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and promised that the reply to this letter would soon get to Osun”.

Ogundipe held that the training programme is a success and recommended that the collaboration between the State of Osun and Saxony-Anhalt, Germany in the areas of agricultural development be encouraged.

Economic Recession: Aregbesola Enjoins Youths To Embrace Farming

… Says Era Of Free Money Is Gone.

By Waheed Adekunle, Oshogbo.

The Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has implored all and sundry especially the youths on the need to embrace farming as a panacea to the current economic imbroglio.

Aregbesola who called on Nigerian leadership to prioritize agriculture in its efforts at mitigating the adverse effects of the present economic downturn, however charged government at various levels to expedite policies capable of encouraging youths to farming.

Governor Aregbesola made the call while addressing practicing farmers during an interactive session with the members of the All Farmers Associations, at Erimo-Ijesa, Oriade Local Government Area of the State.

Aregbesola who lamented over the state of the nation’s economy and its adverse effects in the general well being of the masses, however described agriculture as the only realistic alternative to crude oil.

The state helmsman described his administrative foresight in recent times as a wake-up call to every serious government, saying the present economic dangers wouldn’t have befallen the country if the nation’s economy had properly diversified.

Governor Aregbesola who lamented over the mono-economic nature of the country, said his government would do everything possible within the limit of the constitution to revamp the dearth in agriculture.

Aregbesola attributed his utmost commitment to agricultural resuscitation as a bid to alternate the present economic downsize and as well improve the food production capacity of the state.

Governor Aregbesola who implored his counterparts to develop more interest in farming, however said no reverse in his administration’s clear-vision to turn around the agricultural sector in the state.

Aregbesola who described farmers as assets to the nation, said with the emerging economic situation, farming remains the only surviving mechanism to rescue the nation from the path of possible economic gloom and doom.

Aregbesola said, “It is regrettable that over-dependence on crude oil revenues had led us to this serious economic mess just as we all slept on the same direction.

“We are all guilty of this because we forgot to plan for this special economic period. We relied heavily on the income coming from crude oil forgetting that a period like this would come at all.

“The free money coming from the Federation Accounts had blocked virtually every government’s face to think beyond the box of economic diversification.

“Meanwhile the current economic challenges is in no doubt the product of our ineptitude to plan for the future.

Governor Aregbesola who expressed delight over his administration’s sagacity in the management of the state’s economy, said, his foresights had contributed significantly towards the actualization of economic prosperity.

Aregbesola however pointed out that his government was informed on the need to re-strategize its economy sequel to its ingenuity on economic diversification.

He said no going back in revamping the lost glory in agriculture, saying the time has come for Nigerians to go back to farm.

According to him, “There is no other means to economic prosperity than for us to go back to the drawing board and map out workable policies that would facilitate quick recovery of our agricultural losses.

“We must all see the need to uproot the decadence in agriculture and invest hugely in it especially in the face of the current economic situation.

“There is need for every serious government to encourage youths to farming through the provision of necessary tools capable of aiding the activities of the prospective farmers.

“Without mincing words, we have seen the effects of mono-economy. We have seen the effects of our inability to think beyond the nose, hence call for the need to embrace agriculture as better alternative.

“Based on this, our government has decided to deplore everything possible within the limit of the constitution to revamp the dearth in agriculture, because with the emerging economic situation, farming remains the only surviving mechanism to rescue the nation from the path of possible economic gloom and doom.

Aregbesola who used the occasion to appeal to some farmers who have not refunded the loans given to them, said his government would not take levity with whoever fails to refund as agreed.

Earlier, the former commissioner for Agriculture, Food Security and Youth Engagement, Hon. Wale Adedoyin who described Governor Aregbesola as the lover of farmers, said the current government had made a significant landmark in agricultural sector.

He said the visit was first of its kind in the history of the state, describing it as a better avenue to engage farmers on greater agricultural productivity.

Adedoyin who described agriculture as the only sustainable economic sector in the country, called on all to promote agriculture.

“It is now obvious that the current government is bent at promoting agriculture.

“This meeting is an interface between the farmers and the Governor as it equally serves as an avenue for farmers to interact with the government officials on the need to promote agriculture”, he added.

Some of the farmers who could not hide their feelings, commended Governor Aregbesola for prioritizing their welfares in the scheme of things.

They also lauded the state government for providing the needful to farmers, saying government intervention on agriculture had yielded positive results.

They therefore implored the state government not relent on its oars in the provision of the needed amenities.

PHOTONEWS: San Carlos Group Mexico Visit Aregbesola To Discuss Investment Plans

The Governor of the State of Osun, today received foreign agricultural investors, San Carlos Group, at the Osun State Government House in Oshogbo on a courtesy visit to discuss plans by the group to invest in banana cultivation in the state. Pictures from the visit are below;

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Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola presenting the State
Emblem to the Chairman San Carlos Group Mexico, Mr. Carlos Cabal,
during a courtesy visit to discuss partnership on the cultivation of
Banana on a 1000 hectares farmland in Osun with the Governor, at the
Government House,
Osogbo, on Saturday 9/7/2016.
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Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (2nd right),Chairman
San Carlos Group Mexico, Mr. Carlos Cabal, his wife,Teresa Pasini
Cabal (2nd left) and their daughter, Anamaria Pasini, during a
courtesy visit to discuss partnership on the cultivation of Banana on
a 1000 hectares farmland in Osun with the Governor, at the Government
House,
Osogbo, on Saturday 9/7/2016.
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Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (5th left),Chairman San
Carlos Group Mexico, Mr. Carlos Cabal (3rd left), his wife Teresa
Pasini Cabal (4th left), their daughter,Anamaria Pasini (5th right),
Investment Facilitator of San Carlos Group Mexico, Mr. Ajayi Temitope
(4th right), Nigerian Partner of San Carlos Group Mexico, Mr. Frank
Ukoh (3rd right), Nigerian Partner of San Carlos Group Mexico,
Mr.Anthony Anyiam Osgwe (2nd left) and others, during a courtesy visit
to discuss partnership on the cultivation of Banana on a 1000 hectares
farmland in Osun with the Governor, at the Government House,
Osogbo, on Saturday 9/7/2016.

FG Sets Up Task Force On Rice And Wheat Production

The Federal government has established a National Rice and Wheat Task Force to set up targets that will yield comprehensible and self-evident results in rice and wheat production in the country.

“What we are trying to achieve is that agriculture is our main stay and we are trying to evolve a strategy for our economy, a strategy for employment and a strategy for feeding our people,” Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, stated on Tuesday at the Presidential Villa during the inauguration of the Task Force.

Osinbajo said the need to feed Nigeria’s population is the focus of the Buhari administration.

“Rice and wheat is our main focus, and we are making sure that in one year we can show the world that we are serious”, he stated.

Emphasizing on the need to develop strategies to rejuvenate the whole value chain, he gave the following as terms of reference to the panel:

“to set up production targets for rice and wheat in the participating states;

“to determine the scope and particulars for government support needed towards the attainment of the set targets;

“to consider and proffer the best off-take and marketing arrangements that will encourage maximum effort among the farmers/millers;

“to determine the rice and wheat value chain deficiencies and recommend solutions for addressing them;

“to mobilize farmers and millers in identified target states to engage the CBN Anchor Borrowers’ Programme and other available support facilities;

“to establish timelines for the delivery of goals set by the Task Force.”

Responding, the Chairman of the Task Force and Governor of Kebbi State, Alhaji Atiku Bagudu, thanked the Vice President for the consideration and stated that the disconnect between farmers and millers needed to be addressed.

He added that the two bodies in the value chain needed to be mobilized for maximum results.

Members of the task force include Governors of Kebbi State Senator Abubakar A. Bagugu, Dr. A. U. Ganduje of Kano State, and Engr. David Umahi of Ebonyi State.

Others are the Minister of State for Agriculture Lokpobiri Heineken, the President of Rice Farmers Association Mallam Aminu Goronyo and the President Wheat Farmers Association Saliu Mohammed.

Photonews: Aregbesola Receives German Expert On Agricultural Training

As part of efforts of the Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola administration to make Osun the leading agricultural producer in the country, the state recently announced plans to send a number of youths to Germany on agricultural training.

The selected youths just completed a two weeks preliminary training in Osun from German experts and the German facilitator on Agriculture, Rohald Kley, was today received by the Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola at the Government House in Oshogbo. See pictures below

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Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (left); explaining the
contents of the State Emblem to the German Facilitator on Agriculture,
Rohald Kley

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Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (left); presenting the
State Emblem to the German Facilitator on Agriculture, Rohald Kley

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Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (middle); German
Trainer on Agriculture, Rohald Kley (right) and Billy Olamilekan

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Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (left); presenting a
gift to the German Facilitator on Agriculture, Rohald Kley

CBN Disburses N6.4tn As Loans To Commercial Farmers

The Central Bank of Nigeria says loans to banks under its Commercial Agriculture Credit Scheme stood at N6.4 trillion as at December 31, 2015.

The bank disclosed this in its 2015 Annual Financial Report posted on its Website.

It reported that the figure increased from N5 trillion in 2014.

According to the report, the apex bank’s net income grew to N123.07 billion in 2015 from N33.6 billion in 2014, representing a 266.3 per cent increase.

It said its interest income rose from N434.77 billion in 2014 to N567 billion in 2015, an increase of 30.4 per cent.

The apex bank said its operating expenses rose by 42.8 per cent from N433.14 billion in 2014 to N618.85 billion in 2015.

It said that the total assets of the bank as at December 31, 2015 stood at N15.5 trillion from N13.7 trillion in 2014.

The figure represents an increase of 12.5 per cent in the period under review.

Also, the liabilities rose by 12.9 per cent to N14.897 trillion in 2015 as against N13.192 trillion posted in 2014.

Another Round Of Osun Youths To Undergo Agricultural Training In Germany

Osun Government is living no stone unturned in its bid to boost agriculture in line with the vision to turn the state into the food basket of the nation. This is happening just as the second batch of youths going to Germany for modern techniques in farming have rounded up their German language training programme today in Osogbo.

The Rauf Aregbesola administration, having realised that the only way to increase food production, eliminate poverty and boost the economy is therefore engaging the youths of the state in agriculture.

20 youths who make the second batch of the trainees who are drawn mostly from the O’REAP Youth Academy and the Oodua Farmers Academy. The youths have undergone the German language lessons for for two months in a bid to make their agric training in the city of Saxony-Anhalt, Germany easy and more effective.

Speaking shortly after the close of the language training programme today, the coordinator, who is also the immediate past Senior Special Adviser on Quick Impact Intervention Programme, QIIP, Mr Dele Ogundipe explained that serious agricultural development has been the cardinal objective of present administration.

“Because of the quest to develop agric in the state, the Governor, around May 2012 contacted the state of Saxon-Anholt in Germany to be of assistance to the state in the area of agricultural development.

“Saxon-Anholt state agreed to the arrangement because of the performance of the Ogbeni Aregbesola administration in the area agriculture having sent a delegation of eleven members to state of Osun who went round the state (in Germany) visiting various farms and having consultations with various stakeholders in agriculture programmes, said Ogundipe.

He explainee further that the students have been tought riduments of German language and agric related cultures. He added that the language department at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife has also been engaged to train the youths for two months on German language.

Dwelling on the benefits of the relationship between the state of Osun and the State of Saxon-Anholt in Germany, the coordinator noted that it is uncommon a state in Geany would have sich nilateral relationship with any state in Nigeria, stressing that the feat has led to so many other opportunities in the area of health care and agricultural development.

According Ogundioe, the German delegation were impressed with the agricultural programmes in Osun, hence decided to establish the best practice demonstration farm for the state, which will help boost food production.

He added that at a time that the nation is passing through hard times in its economy, it is therefore a good move to expose Osun youths in the state to the most modern agricultural technique in the world which will be of great advantage to the state especially as the country is now focusing on agriculture.

Mr Ogundipe said, “what Osun is doing in the agric sector is very lofty and helpful to Nigeria as a country. If you train one youth to be good in agriculture, you are training the world, how much more when the state is investing in the training of over 40 youths on modern ways of agriculture

“We are looking at a situation whereby when the youths come back from Germany we can be attaching them with the appropriate intervention programmes of the Federal government and our own state here

“One of the cardinal objectives of this administration after coming into power in 2010 is to embark on serious agricultural development even when oil was still booming at that time. It means that Ogbeni Rauf Areggesola has been very proactive

“The youths travelling to Germany have been trained on the riduments of German language and German language in agriculture so as to aid their assimilation and participation while in Germany.

“The first batch of Osun youths went to Germany in August of 2013 and came back in November the same year, the second batch were supposed to go in 2014 but were delayed because of the need to improve on the language more than the first batch and the issue of Ebola.

“Hopefully they will be leaving this July” Mr Ogundipe said.

The German language instructor; who is the fourth to come to the state for the purpose, Mr Ronald kley expressed delight at the level of understanding and assimilation of the youths, while also lauding the efforts of the state government for the initiative.

“It has been a worthwhile experience so far, the students performance have been very encouraging and I can say that they are fully ready to go to Germany and learn modern techniques in agriculture which will help the state

“It’s good that they are going to Germany to learn new things and new experience on their own. We have talked about many things they will meet in Germany like animal livestock, pig farming technique and how to live and stay in my country, knowing what is forbidden and what’s allowed”, Kley said.

A beneficiary of the programme, Miss Olanibi Comfort from Atakumosa East local government of the state described the programme as a very good one which will place the state of Osun on a pedestal self sustainability.

She added that the programme is one that will go a long way in taking the jobless youths off the streets and find something worthwhile doing in the area of agriculture, stressing that it will make the state of Osun to be a center point for other states in the federation to emulate in the area of agriculture.

“I am so delighted to be a part of this programme because it will continue to change my life for the better. the programme will go a long way in taking many jobless youths off the streets and put something worthwhile on their
hands”

Another beneficiary, Mr Adebayo Waheed thanked the Aregbesola administration of Ogbeni for giving out the rare opportunity to the youths of the state, saying it is a programme which Nigerian leaders should embrace and emulate in whole.

He added that the programme will guarantee food security which will help solve many challenges the nation is facing as a result of dwindling oil revenue the country is facing.

“We have so many graduates out there without jobs. I suggest that everybody should go back to farm, because it is the only solution to the numerous problems we are facing as a nation.

Exploit Underground Water To Boost Agriculture, US Forum Tells Nigeria

As Nigeria seeks measures to diversify the economy through agriculture, stakeholders at a summit in the United States, have urged government to explore groundwater resilience programme for sustainable agricultural practice in the country.

Besides, Plateau State Governor, Simon Bako Lalong, has expressed optimism that Nigeria would come out of the present economy crunch through diversification into sustainable agricultural practices and mineral resources.

Lalong said this while addressing participants at the Ground water summit holding in Denver, United States of America.According to him, as the world is focusing on sustainable development through major intervention project and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s), there is the need to be strategic in the campaign for diversification into agriculture.He said through such vision, future generation would be positively influenced and not be deprived of their rights.

He observed that commercial agricultural practices require a lot of water for its sustainability throughout the season hence; ground water takes a lot in this practice. He stressed the need to integrate the water management practices for environmental, economical and social agricultural practices.

National President of Association of Waterwell Drilling Rig Owners and Practitioners (AWDROP), Michael Ale, urged knowledge investors to come to Nigeria for baseline information and research into the sustainable use of underground water for agricultural practices.

NIPR Endorses Buhari’s Policy On Agriculture

The Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) has endorsed the move by the Federal Government to develop agriculture as the mainstay of the nation’s economy.

The institute also charged President Muhammadu Buhari administration to ensure that appropriate policies and funding should be provided in order to encourage people’s interest in agriculture.

The NIPR, in its communique issued at the end of its 2016 Annual National Conference and AGM held at the Premier Hotel, Ibadan with the theme “Networking for National Economy: The Synergy of Agriculture and Communication”, stated that there are rich potentials in agriculture and food sufficiency in the country.

“The conference commended the Federal Government for consistently advocating the need to return to Agriculture as the main stay of the Nigerian economy and urged government to match its desires with appropriate policies and funding to drive the renewed interest in Agriculture,” the institute said in the communique signed by the Chairman, Communiqué Drafting Committee, Tope Adaramola, who is also the Chairman, Ogun State chapter of NIPR.

It added that “The Forum identified Nigeria’s rich potentials in Agriculture and food sufficiency, but regretted that the potentials had not been actualized partly because of lack of networking and effective application and management of communication.”

The NIPR highlighted the significance of networking and communications as panacea to the dysfunctionality in the nation’s socio-economic and infrastructural development, while also identifying poverty as deterrence to the nation’s agricultural revolution.

“The conference noted that there is a disconnect between research and development in the Agricultural sector and key players in the Agricultural sector on the one hand, and between government policy and the needs of the peasant farmers on the other hand,” it said in the communique issued at the weekend.

It added that “Public Relations and Communications professionals have a crucial role to reconnect all these diverse stakeholders.”

Similarly, the institute counselled Public Relations practitioners on the need to avail themselves of the opportunities to grow interest and competences in Agricultural Communication by encouraging the evolution of Agricultural Journalism, development communication and Agricultural Communication’s Institutes as obtainable in some developed economies.

“Discipline and adherence to ethics was identified as a major pivot for sustainable contributions and activities that could lead to food sufficiency and agricultural revolution,” it said, while further stressing that “Translation of modern scientific discoveries and Agricultural registers into the various local languages to enhance the comprehension and usage of such skills and strategies by farmers at the grassroots.”

While submitting that every Nigerian should embrace farming by utilizing all available (space) within their vicinity to enhance food sufficiency, the body image makers also implored government to imbibe marketing communications policies in the Agricultural sector and to create opportunities for strategic engagements by critical stakeholders like the NIPR in enriching and bringing policy and skills gaps.

China Partnerships On Agriculture With Sokoto Excites Tambuwal

The partnership agreement entered into between Sokoto government and various companies in the Henan Province of China will revolutionise the state’s agricultural landscape for the long term benefit of the people, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has said.

Speaking after a meeting with Chinese investors at the Haofeng Machinery Manufacturing Company in Zhengzhou, Tambuwal said the story of Henan Province’s rise to the top of China’s food chain was a model which Sokoto would emulate.

A statement issued in China by his spokesman, Malam Imam Imam, said like Henan, agriculture has traditionally been the pillar of Sokoto’s economy, with the state among Nigeria’s highest producers of wheat, corn, onions, tomato and rice.
china2“Henan is considered the breadbasket of China. Our target in Sokoto is that in the next 10 years, we want to become the most important state in Nigeria in terms of agriculture.

“We hope to standardise the production of important agricultural items such as beef, fish, maize and vegetable oil. Our vision to have the full agricultural value chain fully embedded thereby creating job opportunities for the citizens,” the Governor added.
He said visiting the Province has come at the right time considering the renewed relationship blossoming between Nigeria and China.

According to a memorandum of understanding earlier signed, China’s Henan companies will invest more millions of dollars in construction of a demonstration farm in Sokoto.

It also provides for experts from Sokoto and Henan Province to carry out joint analysis and study of climatic conditions, soil moisture status, crop cultivation techniques and plant protection and quarantine

The partnership will also promote lease investment and promotion of agricultural machinery between the two entities.

According to Tambuwal, Henan has seen rapid development in its economy over the past two decades, and its economy has expanded at an even faster rate than China’s national average.

“In the same vein, Sokoto has the potential to lead Nigeria’s agricultural revolution and we intend to be at the forefront,” he added.