To compliment Federal Government’s policy on economic diversification, the Jigawa State government has trained about 5,000 youth on sesame and rice cultivation, and has also mobilised another 32,000 farmers for wheat harvest in November.
Disclosing this in Kano, the Senior Special Assistant to the state governor on Economic Empowerment, Muhammad Sheikh Mujaddadi, said the trained youths got the necessary skills on how to cultivate, sesame, rice, soya beans and groundnut.
“700 youths were taken on trial as a cluster and they were trained on how to cultivate sesame, rice, soya beans and groundnut on 1,400 hectares in the last dry season. And during the rainy season we took about 4,100 to the farms and they harvested the same crops,” Mujaddadi revealed.
“32,000 farmers are mobilised to do wheat harvest next month. We are assuring our people that this will go a long way in reducing the poverty level of our unemployed youth to the barest minimal.”
On the Sesame farming, the Special Assistant further disclosed that, 45 clusters of youth were formed to concentrate solely on Sesame production, hinting that they had five people per cluster, which shows that they have 45 clusters in all.
The state government in collaboration with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) sets aside the sum of over N70m to train 225 youth on Bee farming, Aquaculture and Poultry farming.
He stressed that, “We presently have 30 people that were trained on Poultry farming. And we got the up takers, who are Poultry Farmers Association. We give them the capital of N100, 000 for each farmer. For local groundnut milling, we currently have 108 women, whom we gave the sum of N25,000 each, so as to better their small businesses. I am assuring you that this will give them more opportunities to effectively manage their businesses,” he stated.
Other matters related to pest control were also of concern to the state government, as preparation for training 574 people was in top gear, for them to go to identify farms for spraying.
“Jigawa being an agrarian state, needs to engage her people especially youth, in the agriculture sector, “ said Mujaddadi.