All is set for the formation of a forum for Commissioners of Agriculture in all states of the federation.The forum will provide the platform for discussion of agricultural issues on a regular basis and solutions provided for the growth and development of the sector.
Hon. Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Kano State, Dr Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna disclosed this today at the first day of the 41st Regular Meeting of the National Council on Agriculture and Rural Development (NCA&RD) at the Coronation Hall, Government House, Kano State, Nigeria. This meeting is billed to run through to Friday, February 12.
Delivering his welcome address, Guwuna noted that it’s high time a forum is formed where commissioners for agriculture in the 36 states of the federation meet regularly to brainstorm on burning issues in the sector with the sole aim of finding a lasting solution to same.
To this, Guwuna hinted that he has got the nod of His Excellency, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje to get in touch with the state commissioners.
He noted that within just eight months of the existence of the present administration, the nation and the states have recorded remarkable achievements towards the journey of improving the general livelihood condition of their citizens, more especially in the field of agriculture.
His words: “The agriculture sector, occupies a prominent position in the state’s economy as an employer of labour, provider of food and incomes for households and supplier of raw materials to industries, approximately over 70 per cent of the State’s population is directly or indirectly associate to some form of agricultural activities,” he said
Speaking further, the commissioner noted that the State’s agricultural potentials are enormous. According to him, they include “a cultivable land size of approximately 1, 754,200 hectares of which 86,500 hectares is under Fadama and about 75,500 hectares comprising of forest and grazing land respectively. Moreover, water bodies comprise 17 earth dams and other lakes with a substantial configured volume figure to irrigate up to 4000,000 productions.
It is expected that participants at today’s NCARD Regular Meeting will consider over 160 memoranda from the various national and international stakeholders.
It is pertinent to stress here that today’s meeting precedes the Council meeting slated for Thursday, February 11, where the members of the National Council on Agriculture comprising the ministers, the commissioners of Agriculture from the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), consider and approve the Report of the Technical meeting and present policies and programmes that would make Nigeria food sufficient for consumption and export,” he noted