Governor Saidu Dakingari of Kebbi said in Birnin Kebbi that the state government would guarantee N4 billion as loan to farmers as part of fresh measures to improve agricultural production.
Dakingari, who received a delegation of the state chapter of the Youth in Agriculture Organisation in Birnin Kebbi on Friday, said that 360 tractors would be provided at subsidised rate to farmers.
The governor promised that 2,000 work bulls and ploughs, as well as 2,000 power tillers would be made available to farmers. Additional support would also be worked out with the state chapter of the All Farmers Assciation of Nigeria (AFAN), to boost agricultural production.
He called on the youth to embrace farming as a means of livelihood, considering the potential in dry and wet season farming.
He said that a large consignment of water pumping machines would be distributed to farmers to boost dry season farming as part of efforts to attract youths to farm.
The state chairperson of the organisation, Hajiya Rabi Zuru, commended the efforts of the state government in the development of agricultural production and called for timely distribution of support to farmers.