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May 27, 2024

Zulum Reaffirms Commitment to Agricultural Development in Borno

Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum has reiterated his administration’s commitment to the development of the agricultural sector. 

Speaking on Tuesday at the inauguration of the Renewed Hope Initiative Women Agricultural Support Programme (RHI-WASP) in Maiduguri, Governor Zulum disclosed that measures are being put in place to improve agricultural productivity in the state. 

He explained that his government is actively mobilizing both human and material resources to improve agriculture in the state.  

According to him, “The state government has procured agricultural machinery and inputs such as tractors, chemicals and fertilisers, among others.”

He assured local farmers of ongoing support, stressing that the government is committed to assisting them in every way possible.

The Renewed Hope Initiative Women Agricultural Support Programme (RHI-WASP) is a project led by the First Lady, Senator Oluremi Tinubu which aims to empower women in agriculture. 

Senator Oluremi Tinubu was represented at the event by Mrs. Nana Kashim Shettima, the wife of the Vice President. 

She said, “The initiative aims to support twenty women farmers per state in the Northeast zone with the sum of Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N500,000) each.

“The draft cheque will be handed over to the First Ladies of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba, and Yobe States, who also serve as RHI State Coordinators. They will oversee the disbursement to all beneficiaries in their respective states, including those involved in agriculture, animal husbandry, poultry, and fish farming.”

A total of 220 women farmers and individuals with disabilities have benefitted from the program; 120 women farmers, with 20 from each of the six Northeast states, received N500,000 each, while 100 people with disabilities from Borno each received N100,000.

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