Farmers in Niger Overcoming Insecurity, Returning to Their Farms, Says Bago
By Faridat Salifu
The Niger State Governor Umar Bago has revealed that the majority of the state’s farmers have already returned to their farms, expressing his excitement about the state’s thriving agricultural sector.
In a meeting with President Bola Tinubu in Abuja on Sunday, governor Bago expressed his confidence in the renewed interest shown by local farmers, who are actively engaging in various farming activities.
This surge of interest is a testament to the commitment of the state’s agricultural sector to bolster the nation’s food security and economic growth.
Governor Bago also revealed that Niger State is dedicated to championing the implementation of 250,000 hectares of dry season farming as part of the president’s food security initiative.
This ambitious endeavor is a clear demonstration of the state’s proactive measures to enhance agricultural productivity.
Moreover, Governor Bago emphasized that the state has successfully secured agreements with various companies for the off-take of agricultural produce, ensuring that the fruits of farmers’ labor will be effectively utilized and contribute to the overall economic welfare.
President Tinubu’s New Year message underscored the government’s unwavering commitment to agricultural development, including plans to cultivate a monumental 500,000 hectares in 2024.
Governor Bago reaffirmed the state’s readiness to serve as a pilot for this ambitious project, showcasing their determination to take a leading role in advancing agricultural growth.
He expressed optimism for a united and synchronized effort with the federal government, aligning state-level dedication with the national vision for agricultural progress.
This development prompted a positive response from President Tinubu, who expressed his satisfaction with the agricultural strides made in Niger State and their alignment with the government’s overarching goals.
The president’s acknowledgment further solidified the collaborative spirit between the federal and state authorities, fostering a conducive environment for holistic and sustainable agricultural development.