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June 21, 2024

Nasarawa Govt Begins Cultivation of 10,000 Hectares to Boost Food Production

In an effort to boost food production, the Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule has begun the cultivation of 10,000 hectares of land in Awe Local Government Area of the state. 

While addressing journalists during the inspection of the farmland, the governor said his administration has no intention of taking away farmlands from local farmers, but that they stand to benefit from the project.

He said: “Our plan is to work out with them, and do what we call outgrower scheme. Even here (Jangwa) we are going to do some outgrower programmes. The idea is not to take away the land from local farmers.

*The idea is to ensure that local farmers are given the opportunity in the form of employment and outgrower schemes. That means they can be given fertilizers, chemicals, tractors, and seedlings. When they harvest, they have a ready market. We are the buyers.”

Expressing satisfaction with the progress of work on the site, Governor Sule pointed out that Nasarawa State was among the states selected for the food security initiative under the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu administration.

“This is our farm in Jangwa already in the process of being tilled. We are going to apply fertilizers in the next two or three days, and by that time, we will be able to harrow the field. In fact, we are harrowing and planting seeds at the same time.

“The essence of coming today is to follow up and see how far we have gone with the process. We have brought some tractors and to monitor the progress of work,” he said.

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