Gombe Gov’t launches dry season wheat production

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Gombe Gov’t launches dry season wheat production

As part of efforts to boost wheat production in Governor Inuwa Yahaya on Monday launched dry season wheat production in the State.

The governor launched the wheat production at Dogon Ruwa village of Kaltungo Local Government (LG), one of the areas designated for wheat production.

Speaking at the ceremony, the governor explained that the programme was a partnership between the National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) and the state government.

He said wheat production is part of the commitments of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration and the state government towards boosting the agricultural sector and ensuring food security in the country.

“On this, NALDA is following President Muhammadu Buhari’s mandate to make agriculture attractive to youths in the country and encourage them to see agriculture as a way of life and means of livelihood so as to attain economic prosperity.

“The dry season wheat production is in line with the ongoing efforts to bridge the national deficit in wheat production in the country and reduce importation”, he said.

Yahaya claimed that Gombe State government is the only state in the federation that ensured bush clearing, land preparation and wash boreholes for the farmers as a means of subsidy to the loans by NALDA.

Also speaking, executive secretary of NALDA Paul Ikonne explained that his parastatal was established with the mandate of enhancing agro business innovations to improve the livelihood of farmers in the nation.

According to him, the wheat production project is targeting nine states at present with land size of about 2, 500 hectares and are expected to produce at least 10,000 metric tons of wheat.

Gombe Gov’t launches dry season wheat production

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