The Jigawa state Governor, Alhaji Muhammad Badaru Abubakar has budgeted the sum of N12.1 billion for Agriculture in the 2021 budget, which was recently presented to the state Assembly.

According to the Governor, the hope is to significantly expand agricultural production by bringing more land under cultivation with more innovative farming practices that would scale-up the level of mechanization, ensure timely access to quality agricultural inputs and extension services.

Alhaji Muhammad Badaru Abubakar added that individual farmers, cooperatives and SMEs would be supported to enhance processing capacity and value addition and access to markets.

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He further 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 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.” The Governor added.

On the whole it is envisaged that, through the various agricultural interventions, jobs and livelihoods would be generated for thousands individuals and households.