By Adam Muhammad, Gusau
The Zamfara state Governor Dauda Lawal has extended the distribution of agricultural assets and farm inputs to Zamfara North farmers as part of the COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus under the (N-CARES) programme.
The flag-off ceremony of the Zamfara North was held on Thursday at Gidan Gona in the commercial town of Shinkafi town the headquarters of Shinkafi local government stated that the program will be launched in all three senatorial zones of the state.
According to him, the flag-off ceremony for the Zamfara central senatorial zone started on Wednesday in the capital city of Gusau.
“Today, Governor Dauda Lawal kicked off the distribution of agricultural assets, and farm inputs were distributed to beneficiaries of the Zamfara North”. Lawal said.
He explained that the beneficiaries were empowered with all the necessary facilities, including seeds and seedlings spread for four years.
“Zamfara State Government has embarked upon an integrated approach to agricultural development by providing both farming inputs and the much-needed rural infrastructure”.
“This is a step that will significantly assist our farmers in enhancing their productive capacity and reducing the high poverty level and its attendant effects on the people.”
Governor Dauda Lawal restated the state government’s resolve to allocate assets for production and mitigation of food loss and waste.
“With the mercy of Allah (SWT), our focus is currently on Result Area 2, under FADAMA III, with the primary objective of increasing food security and ensuring the safe functioning of food supply chains, especially for our vulnerable ones”.
According to him, Considering that infrastructure in rural areas is critical to improved agricultural production, my administration plans to construct 70 km of feeder roads and build 40 new markets, which will comprise 4,000 shops. This will stimulate our economic activities, which have been affected by bandits’ antics, and ensure safe and hygienic handling of foodstuffs.