By; IBRAHIM ADAMU, Kaduna
As this year’s farming season commences in Northern Nigeria, no fewer than 2,800 farmers across seven states of North Western Zone of Nigeria were empowered with hybrid seedlings to boost their production capacity by former House of Reps Member, Hon Usman Shehu ABG in collaboration with Federal College of Horticulture, Gombe State.
Hon ABG, represented Kaduna North Federal Constituency at House of Representatives from 2011 to 2015.
He said farmers needed to be supported to boost their production towards having food sufficiency in Nigeria.
He added that it has become necessary for Government at all levels and private individuals to contribute their quota towards the project of attaining food sufficiency by the country.
According to him, ” Nigeria needs the inputs of local farmers for its industrialization and economic diversification drive towards exiting the league of import dependent nations.
“No country can be great when her agric sub sector is neglected and relies fully on imported food products for domestic consumption. Agriculture must be given priority on our march towards having an export driven economy.
“It is therefore, imperative to have an enduring synergy among stakeholders in the agricultural sector where modern ideas are exchanged to improving our farming methods capable of absorbing our teeming unemployed youth particularly at this time of banditry and kidnappings in the Northwestern States , ” the former lawmaker said.
Dr Inuwa Musa, a Senior Lecturer from the Federal College of Horticulture, Gombe State, who served as a resource person gave a series of lectures to farmers at the event on modern farming techniques capable of increasing production capacity.
A beneficiary of the free seedlings programme from Zamfara State, which has experienced armed bandits’ attacks, Malam Iliya Yahaya expressed his delight and appreciation for the kind gestures of Hon ABG , whom he said had been a pillar of support to not just Kaduna people but Nigerians across the Northwest Zone .
Leader of delegation of farmers from Jigawa State, Lamido Ibrahim said farmers from his state would reciprocate by judicious use of the seedlings and educate other farmers on knowledge gained at the event.
District Head of Kawo, Jibrin Mohammed lauded the efforts of the former legislator towards improving the lives of people in Kaduna State and beyond and challenged public office holders to emulate Hon ABG whom he said has not turned his back on people even as he was not reelected as a legislator.