The Sokoto State Government has said that it will collaborate with the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, on large-scale irrigation projects across the state for dry season farming.
Gov. Aminu Tambuwal said this in a meeting with the Vice-Chancellor of ABU, Prof Kabir Bala, in Sokoto.
Malam Auwalu Umar, Acting Director, Public Affairs, ABU. on Thursday in Zaria, quoted Tambuwal as saying: ”The government’s decision was informed by the need to mitigate the COVID-19 effects and regain losses suffered by farmers, following devastating floods that hit several rice and sugarcane farms in different parts of the state.”
Tambuwal stressed that the decision to go into massive irrigation farming across the state was part of his government’s strategies aimed at boosting the morale of farmers across in the state.
He said that the proposal of ABU, regarding the need for the state government to take advantage of the various farming techniques and other agricultural services offered by the institution, was well-thought-out.
“The state government will engage the services of the university to train more of its extension workers and fresh graduates who wish to venture into farming,’’ he said.
Tambuwal lauded the developmental role which ABU had played in the country’s agriculture sector, particularly in the northern region.
Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor said that he was in Sokoto to see the governor, who was a major stakeholder in the affairs of ABU, and inform him of the efforts being made to improve the lot of the university.
Bala thanked Tambuwal for the reception given to him and his entourage, while commending the state government for building and donating a students’ hostel to the university.