By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
No fewer than 3,000 Sesame Seeds farmers across Niger State are to benefit from a 30,000 metric tonnes of improved Sesame seeds procured by the state government.
The state government said it was intervening in the procurement of the improved seeds to be distributed free of charge to farmers of the cash crop.
The highly improved seeds are worth =N29 Million according to the state government. The government said the improve Same seeds is to support the commercial production of the crop in the state.
Speaking at the official flag off of the distribution of the seeds at Lapai council area of Niger state, the state governor, Abubakar Sani Bello said the state government was giving premium and emphasis to high value crops with industrial and export potentials so as to empower farmers in the state.
Governor Sani Bello spoke through the state’s commissioner of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Halliru Zakari Jikantoro who further explained that the procurement of the improved seeds was to galvernise and support commercial production of the crop.
He lamented that lack of improved seeds varieties was a huge setback to farmers’ desire and determination to produce the cash crops in the state.
Sesame Seeds are vital to pharmaceutical companies, industries, beverage and confectionary makers, cooking oil and other domestic uses.
He called on the benefiting farmers to make best use of the seeds properly just as he stated that the present administration in the state places serious interest on supporting high yielding crops and seeds such as cashew, oil Palm and Sesame Seeds among others.