Katsina spent N58m on dams repair, earmarks N8b for irrigation in 2017 – Masari
Speaking at the flag up of the CBN anchored borrowers’ programme on Thursday, the 29th of December, 2016 at Jibia irrigation dam, the Katsina state governor Aminu Masari said the administration has expended over N58 million for the repairs of the Dam’s power generating sets, purchase of water pumps and diesel for the smooth take off of the scheme.
He said, other seven dams across the state are been upgraded and rehabilitated to key into the scheme to enable more farmers benefit. He said , a Rice research Center is to be established and a ware house to add value to the scheme.
Earlier, the state commissioner of agriculture who is also the deputy governor, Mannir Yakubu the administration is committed to the advancement of the agricultural sector which informed the setting aside of N8 billion naira in the 2017 budget.
In his address, the CBN governor Godwin Emefiele said so far no fewer than 219,837 farmers are participating with over 246, 837 hectares cultivated.
According to him, the bank has received expression of interest from 26 states and 29 private anchors saying that ‘ implementation has commence in 17 states and 20 private anchors’
Emefiele who was represented by the Director Development Finances, Olaitan Mudassir, noted that the scheme is a decisive model that will boost the small farmers capability to transform the fortune of the country.
(Culled from Dailytrust)