Friday, April 12, 2024

Niger Govt. Signs MOU with AFAN on Dry Season Farming

The Niger State Government has signed a partnership service-level agreement with the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Niger State Chapter, on 2024 dry season farming to improve agricultural production and ensure food security.

The Niger State Government has signed a partnership service-level agreement with the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Niger State Chapter, on 2024 dry season farming to improve agricultural production and ensure food security.

During the signing of the MoU at the Government House Minna, the Commissioner for Agriculture, Alhaji Musa Bawa Bosso, and the Chairman, Niger Food Security Systems and Logistics Company Limited, Chief Sammy Adigun, signed on behalf of the state government, while AFAN Chairman Niger State Chapter, Alhaji Shehu Galadima, signed on behalf of the association.

According to the agreement, AFAN will serve as outgrowers of different kinds of food for the 2024 dry season farming, while the state government will provide them with inputs worth N30 billion and 550,000 hectares of land to 35,000 farmers to produce three million tons of food, adding that the government will get back its money from the produce.

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Governor Mohammed Umaru Bago, during his welcome speech, described the agreement as a milestone in his revolutionary plans for the agricultural sector, disclosing that plans are on for the state to transition from subsistence farming to mechanized farming, saying 300 tractors and other farming equipment will soon be shipped to the state.

The governor boasted that the state will soon cease to be regarded as a civil service state while appealing for total commitment from AFAN for the agreement to achieve the desired result, as he assured them that the government will secure their farmlands and all arable lands will be cleared to drive away all criminal elements.

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The Chairman of the AFAN Niger State Chapter, Alhaji Shehu Galadima, on his own, appreciated the Governor for his foresight in revamping the agricultural sector, adding that a lot has changed for the better in the sector since the inception of his administration.

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