The Federal Government, through the National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA), has expressed satisfaction with the level of progress made in dry season wheat production in Gombe State.
The head of NALDA inspection team, Alhaji Umar Yuguda, said this during an assessement visit to the 100 hectres dry season farming site in Papa area of Nafada Local Government Area of the state on Thursday.
NALDA, in collaboration with Gombe State government has embarked on dry season wheat cultivation on 200 hectares of land in Papa and Dogon Ruwa areas of Nafada and Kaltungo local governments respectively.
The programme is aimed at creating jobs, filling deficit in the demand of wheat and improving the economy as encapsulated in President Muhammadu Buhari’s Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA).
The NALDA representative said, “Gombe State was selected among the nine pilot states to kick-start the programme owing to the enormous agricultural potentials of the state and the commitment of the state government under Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya towards revamping the agricultural sector.”
On the purpose of their visit, Yuguda said, “We are in Gombe State to assess the level of progress made so far in wheat production, the programme was inaugurated by Governor Yahaya about a month ago on Dogon Ruwa.
“We are satisfied with the level of progress made so far. The state government and of course, the farmers are doing a great job.”
He assured the state government and the farmers of NALDA’s continued support and interventions in the agricultural value chain to stimulate the economy and create wealth for the state and the nation at large.
In his response, the state Commissioner for Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, Muhammad Magaji Gettado, said, “Gombe State government in collaboration with NALDA supported more than 200 farmers with the needed inputs for the success of the programme in Papa alone.
“The state government under Governor Yahaya will continue to collaborate with NALDA and any development partner that can help us unlock our potential and improve the well-being of our people.”
On his part, the deputy chairman, Nafada Local Government Area, commended Governor Yahaya and the NALDA officials for finding their area worthy, adding that many households would benefit from the programme.
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