From Yahaya Audu, Bauchi
The Bauchi State Government has reaffirmed its resolve to improve the state Gross Domestic Agricultural Production as part of its efforts to reduce over dependence on federation minthly allocation
The State Governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed made the statement while receiving a delegation from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on Zero Project Initiative who paid him a courtesy call at the Council Chamber, Government House Bauchi.
Governor Bala Mohammed said the present administration has taken measures to ensure products produced by farmers in the state meet international requirements.
The Governor who pledged to key into federal government agricultural policy, announced the establishment of market for grains and other agricultural products.
He said the establishment of the market would address the sale and use of certain chemicals in addition to reducing hunger and poverty in the state.
According to him, providing adequate agricultural extension workers is the only remedy for improving the capacity of farmers for the socioeconomic development.
The Governor said already a committee has been constituted to assist his administration towards improving critical sectors of the economy and applauded federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development for its support to the state government.
The leader of the delegation who is the State Director, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Muhammad Yusuf said the Zero Project was initiated in 2007 in order to achieve zero rejection of the country’s agricultural produce in both domestic and international markets.
Alhaji Muhammad Yusuf enjoined the state government to establish a single one-stop market for grains and other agricultural products as it will go along way in getting traders and agricultural commodities in a strategic location for easy access.
The State Director said over fifty projects have been executed by the ministry as part of its determination to improve the living condition of rural communities