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June 17, 2024
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Zamfara Govt to Employ 40,000 Farmers

Governor Dauda Lawal of Zamfara State has expressed his administration’s dedication to creating job opportunities for more than 40,000 farmers in the Tsafe local government area. 

This commitment was emphasized during the launch of the distribution of agricultural assets and essential inputs to farmers on Monday.

The event, held at the Tsafe local government secretariat, marked the distribution of agricultural assets and inputs as part of the ongoing COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus program sponsored by FADAMA III. 

The governor’s spokesperson, Sulaiman Bala Idris, highlighted in a statement that the state government has allocated funds in the 2024 budget to rehabilitate nine earth dams in the Tsafe local government area.

The governor emphasized that the Yanwaren Daji Dam in the local government would be crucial in feeding over two million people yearly. He said that the dam’s well-planned drainage system would ensure that clean water is available to the entire Tsafe LGA.

Governor Lawal stated: 

“Agriculture, which accounts for over 70% of our GDP, remains the backbone of our economy. 

“In recognition of this, our programme is poised to empower 100,000 farmers, who will engage more farmers, across the 14 local government areas with essential farming equipment and seeds over the coming four years.

“Tsafe local government area is legendary for farming and makes a massive contribution to the GDP of Zamfara State. 

With the flag-off of this programme in this local government area today, we are bringing tremendous opportunities for the farming communities in this industrious local government area. I am confident that this programme will go a long way to boosting our farmers’ productivity, thereby alleviating rural poverty and its associated challenges.

“Building on this momentum, we plan to introduce similar intervention projects, such as the integrated entrepreneurship programme in Magazu Town.

“This programme will encompass various agro-allied projects, including fisheries, poultry, and livestock fattening. Additionally, it will provide training and starter packs to small-scale businesses in multiple sectors, contributing significantly to our economic diversification efforts.

“Moreover, the project will help combat malaria through innovative methods like rearing tilapia fish while generating substantial income for the beneficiaries through various interventions,” he added.

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