Kebbi State Boosts Dry Season Farming With 6,000 Solar Pumps, Power Tillers

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News in brief:
– Kebbi State government has acquired 6,000 solar pumps and power tillers for the Special Dry Season Programme, aligning with the federal government’s initiative to enhance dry season farming.
– Governor Nasir Idris highlighted the state’s commitment to complement the federal program, showcasing the state’s dedication to agricultural development and contributing to national food security.

The Kebbi State government has acquired 6,000 solar pumps and power tillers for dry season farming in line with the federal government’s Special Dry Season Programme under the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security.

Governor Nasir Idris announced the procurement during a courtesy visit to the Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Abubakar Kyari, in Abuja. He spoke about Kebbi’s commitment to complement the federal program by providing these resources to participating farmers across the state.

The move underscores the state’s dedication to agricultural development and its potential to contribute significantly to national food security. Known for its fertile land and agricultural prowess, it is already a major producer of rice, wheat, millet, and sorghum.

Kyari commended Kebbi’s proactive approach and acknowledged the increasing focus on dry season farming nationwide. He highlighted the program’s flag-off in November 2023 across 15 wheat-producing states, aiming to reduce reliance on rain-fed agriculture and pave the way for year-round cultivation.

The minister explained the potential benefits of this shift, including increased crop yields, job creation, poverty reduction, and lower food inflation. Additionally, he aligned this initiative with President Bola Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda that prioritises food security and inclusivity.

Kyari acknowledged Kebbi’s efforts in preparing land, facilitating tubular irrigation, and providing additional fertilisers and inputs to farmers participating in the National Agricultural Growth Scheme Agro-Pocket (NAGS-AP) Project.

Furthermore, the governor extended an invitation to Minister Kyari to be the Special Guest at the launch of the Kaura Agricultural Development and Growth Agenda and the distribution of the solar pumps and tillers to Kebbi farmers. The event will showcase the state’s commitment to implementing the initiative efficiently to other states while maximising its impact on local food production.

Joseph Akahome
Joseph Akahome
Joseph O Akahome (OJ) is a writer, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Literature from the University of Benin. He is an avid agriculturist, with a bias for poultry and an insatiable appetite for chicken wings. When he is neither reading nor researching, he likes to spend recreational time playing board games, or swimming in serene forested lakes.

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