The Jigawa State Government says it has budgeted the sum of N12.1 billion for agriculture in its 2021 budget in order to significantly expand production in the state
Governor of the state, Alhaji Muhammad Badaru Abubakar who revealed that the budget was recently presented to the State Assembly said it was meant to bring more land under cultivation with more innovative farming practices.
The development, Abubakar added would scale-up the level of mechanization and ensure timely access to quality agricultural inputs and extension services in the state.
He also noted that individual farmers, cooperatives and SMEs would similarly be supported to enhance processing capacity, value addition and access to markets.
Governor said “These are to be achieved through ongoing cluster-farming program and the trio of AfDB Funded Agricultural Transformation Support Project; IDB Financed Integrated Agriculture & Rural Development Project and IFAD supported Climate Change and Adaptation Project.”
“We also hope to commence the rehabilitation and expansion of nineteen existing Irrigation Schemes covering an area of about 3,200 hectares across the state”
“This would involve rehabilitation of pump houses and construction of main and field channels among others.” he added
Abubakar, therefore, maintained that through various agricultural interventions, jobs and livelihoods would be generated for thousands of individuals and households.