Kano to hold agric summit to reduce dependence on oil revenue

Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano state has revealed plans to hold an elaborate agricultural summit aimed at helping the state to reduce its dependence on oil revenues from the federal government.

A statement by Abba Anwar, the governor’s chief press secretary said the summit would bring together experts and academics as well as non-state actors including the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), and similar institutions, “to diagnose and proffer long lasting improvement to hard-to-reach areas in the sector.”

“Agriculture, being the mainstay of our economy needs to be looked at with all seriousness and vigor. So that our major focus of maximum food security would be feasible, doable and sustainable,” he said.

Ganduje disclosed during a meeting with heads of the agencies under the ministry of agriculture and natural resources.

At the meeting, held at the governor’s office, managing directors of Kano State Agricultural and Rural Development Agency (KNARDA), Hon Ibrahim Sulaiman Dan’Isle and that of Kano State Agricultural and Supply Company (KASCO), Comrade Bala Muhammad Inuwa, assured that they would do their best not to disappoint the governor, his government and the people in the state.

Ganduje believes that agricultural sector needs more interventions from all appropriate quarters, with the view to making it stronger, more self-reliant, more viable and more responsive economically.

“If we really want to achieve optimally, there is every need for us to have workable synergy among our agricultural institutions. We need strong institutions to achieve that. And of course a time line to achieve that is also necessary,” he explained.

According to him, because of the reason that Kano is the largest producer of rice, wheat and tomato, there is every reason for the state to take a sustained leadership in all aspects of agricultural produce in the country, insisting that, “The proposed Summit, will among other things, bring to the table strategies on how to make Kano depend largely on non-oil sector. That is agriculture.”

Both KASCO and KNARDA agreed “to set up of 11 one-stop-shops (clusters), at some strategic locations in the state to help farmers with easy access to extension workers and engineers,” the statement said.

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