The Executive governor of Katsina State Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari on Wednesday said people of the state had no choice than to embrace agriculture.
He made the declaration when he granted audience to the Ambassador of the Republic of Belarus, Viatche Vasilierich Bezeosti, at the Government House, Katsina.
Masari said Katsina has all along been an agrarian state, pointing out that his government will put in place all that might be required to promote and encourage farming in the state.
It could also be recalled that the Katsina State government under his leadership has announced its determination to revive cotton and rice production, as part of its diversification plans.
Masari, who disclosed this on his return from China and India, where he signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with some companies that would collaborate with the state in boosting the economy, said the seven North West states have contacted Arewa Research and Development (ARD), as its Consultant, where issues of cotton and rice production were identified as areas the state has some advantage.
While working with other states, Masari revealed that, “African Development Bank (AfDB) and Islamic Development Bank (IDB) have indicated interest in the identified areas of comparative advantage. So Katsina State will bounce back in full force in both cotton and rice production.”