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Tambuwal, Dangote Flag Off Rice Outgrowers Scheme In Sokoto

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L-R: Dangote, Tambuwal and Sultan of Sokoto at the event in Sokoto
 
Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal along with the President of Dangote
Group, Alhaji Aliko Muhammed, have flagged off a rice outgrowers’
scheme which will cover 25,000 hectres of farmland across some selected
local government areas of Sokoto state.

Speaking
at the site of the event which held in Goronyo Dam, Mr Dangote said the
project will within the next three years produce at least one million
tonne of high quality parboiled rice for Nigerian market.
He
said to achieve this, his company plans to cultivate 160,000 hectres of
irrigable rice farmland in selected states, including Sokoto, which
will be cultivated to grow paddy during two cropping-season per year.
According
to him, Dangote Rice Limited aims to boost the local economy, create
jobs along the value and make a significant contribution to the
transformation of subsistence farms into market-oriented agribusinesses.
 
In
his remarks, Mr Tambuwal commended Mr Dangote for siting the project in
Sokoto State, saying the renewed efforts of his administration in the
sector has started yielding the desired result.
The
Governor said education and agriculture have remained the two top
sectors in the priority list in the state in the last two years,
revealing that this year, Sokoto has allocated more to agriculture than
all states of the federation.
Mr Tambuwal assured that all necessary incentives have been put in place to ensure smooth operation of the scheme.
In
his remarks, Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, urged the
people to embrace this opportunity to improve their farming technique
and standards of living.
He said the people of Sokoto are grateful for the opportunity and will mobilise needed resources to ensure its success.

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