2 December 2012

Nigeria: Kwankwaso Unveils Commercial Agric Project

Kano — Kano state Governor, Rabi'u Musa Kwankwaso has introduced Commercial Agriculture Development Programme, (CADP), a World Bank supported project that is expected to boost commercial agriculture in the state and enable its farmers make profits as well.

According to a statement by the governor's spokesman, Halilu Ibrahim Dantiye It said the state government has collaborated with other stakeholders to promote the adoption of modern agricultural techniques for increased productivity, poverty mitigation and private sector growth among others.

It added that the administration has established five agricultural institutes which have so far trained more than 2,000 youths in less than two years because the state government is determined to encourage able bodied people to take up agriculture as a means of livelihood.

"The fact that 70 percent of the population in the country are farmers yet Nigeria imports food while those countries that have only 5 percent of their population engaged in agriculture export food to countries like its means that efforts must be intensified to transform the agriculture in the country for sustainability" It said

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