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Agriculture: Sokoto Creates 27,000 Jobs

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Tambuwal presenting a farming tool to a farmer at a FADAMA event
 
Sokoto state says it has created 27,166 jobs in the agricultural sector alone in the state in the last two years.

Governor
Aminu Waziri Tambuwal stated this at the opening of a one-day
stakeholders’ sensitisation workshop on climate change adaptation and
agri-business support organised in collaboration with the Sokoto Office
of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

“In
the period under consideration, we have supported over 33,000 people
through promotion of improved crop production techniques,
para-veterinary clinics and women and youth off-farm activities.

“Similarly,
through our community-based agric and rural development initiatives,
we’ve created 27,166 jobs through different interventions on sustainable
agriculture, community infrastructure, rural enterprise development
among others,” the Governor said.

He said his
administration is fully committed to the development of agriculture wth a
view to enhancing food security, poverty eradication and boosting
employment opportunities especially among youths.

Tambuwal
said the state government will continue to honour and fulfil all
financial obligations entered into with IFAD and other donor agencies so
that the people of the state can continue to enjoy its maximum benefit.

In
his goodwill message, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development,
Chief Audu Ogbeh, represented by the Regional Director (North West),
Adeyemi Ayoyeyi, said Nigerian government under the leadership of
President Muhammadu Buhari, was resolute in its vision of promoting
agricultural production in Nigeria.

He added that Federal
Government was implementing programmes aimed at attracting the youth to
agric practices across the value chain.

Mr Ogbeh said the
Ministry, in colaboration with IFAD and other partners, has developed
and implemented the climate change adaptation and agri-business support
programme (CSAP) to fast-tract climate change mitigation and stimulate
smart agriculture in the country.  

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