Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has promised to register no fewer than 100,000 youths to participate in rice production in this year’s farming season.
The state government made this known while addressing a Town Hall Meeting in Kano, which was organised by the state government to celebrate this year’s Democracy Day.
Already, the state government disclosed it had commenced registration of interested youths with a view to giving them the necessary support before the commencement of farming activities in full swing.
According to Governor Ganduje, the state government has concluded arrangements to support the youths with fertilizer, improved seeds and other necessary agricultural input.
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He said the initiative was in line with the Federal Government’s commitment to diversify the economy.
The governor assured farmers in the state that the state Agricultural Supply Company (KASCO) would supply them with adequate fertilizer this planting season. According to him, the company has since commenced blending of the fertilizer in commercial quality.
Ganduje told the people that Kebbi government recently ordered 240 trucks of fertilizer from the company, which had already been delivered.
He called on farmers in the state to take advantage of the availability of the commodity to boost food production in the state and the country at large.
Ganduje also urged the unemployed, particularly the youths, to embrace farming to enhance their socio-economic status and boost production.
In commemoration of the Democracy Day in Kano, the Kano State Police Command on Sunday barred civil society organisations and other interest groups from marking the celebration.
The groups which had assembled at the Aminu Kano Centre for Democratic Research and Training in the Gwamaja quarters to observe the day, were dispersed by armed policemen.
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Civil society organisations in the state like the National Response Initiative (NRI) and the Kano Civil Society Forum (KCSF), expressed regret over the action of the police.