***Plans to cultivate 40,000 Hectares of Wheat across the State
By Ahmed Rufa’i, Dutse
The Jigawa government has procured 54 tractors and other agricultural inputs as part of efforts to achieve 40, 000 hectres of Wheat production in this year’s dry season farming.
This was disclosed by the state governor Malam Umar Namadi Danmodi in his speech while inaugurating 53 new brand Merssy tractors at the JIgawa State Agriculture Supply Company (JASCO) in Dutse the state capital
He said “each of the 27 local government areas had been allocated with two tractors to boost wheat farming in the state”.
According to the governor the state in collaboration with the 27 local government councils’ would give 40 percent discount to the farmers in the services of the tractors and other equipments.
He said “As part of government food security policy in collaboration with the federal government his administration would cultivate 40,000 hectares of wheat farmland across the state”.
Malam Danmodi maintained that the items included the 54 new tractors with complete implements, such as tipping trailers, ridgers, harrows and ploughs, “aim at supporting large scale farming and improved mechanized farming”.
“I want to inform you that we are going to clear fields for the commencement of wheat plantation which is a federal and state’s government joint project as well as African Development Bank,” he said.
The governor indicated that Jigawa was challenged to cultivate 40,000 hectares of wheat, adding that the state had agreed to do it because it has the manpower, the capacity and the land.
He said that the tractors would be on the field Oct. 27, saying that the tractors are not for decoration but for use by the rural farming communities across the state.
Danmodi therefore asked the chairmen to make good use of the implements for the benefit of all farmers.
“Today is another important day in our effort to revolutionized agriculture in Jigawa state. We have already promised that we will try to mechanized agriculture in Jigawa in order to ensure that our farmers get value for what they do,” the governor said.
Danmodi said that the unveiling of the new tractors two per local government was in fulfilment of the promise he made to the teeming farming communities.
He explained that the idea of involving local government chairmen was because of their closeness to the people at the grassroots, noting that by involving chairmen the rural dwellers will get the benefit of the tractors.
The governor however said that the tractors were not given free as it were, but the state government would only stand as a grantor for the supplying company to ensure it recover its money from the councils installmentally.
The state Commissioner for Local Government Affairs, Alhaji Ahmed Garba, expressed appreciation to the governor for making agricultural implements accessible to the farming communities in the state.
Garba assured the government that his ministry would also put monitoring mechanism in place to ensure judicious use of the equipments.
The Managing Director, Jigawa Agricultural Supply Company Ltd (JASCO), Alhaji Rabiu Maigatari, said the idea of procuring the tractors for the local governments councils was in line with Namadi’s vision in mechanized agriculture in the state for maximum productivity.
“It is based on the directives of His Excellency that we entered into agreement with the local governments through the Ministry of Local Government Affairs on the supply of two tractors to each council,” the managing director said.
Maigatari said that the brand of Messey Fergusson Tractors is among the highest grade of tractors tested and found to be more durable within the farming community.
He said that in order to ensure ease of payment by the council areas, installmental plan of 12 months was approved by the state government, though the actual price of tractors was not mentioned.
“It is important to state that while considering the supply of the tractors, we are not unaware of the need of our large scale farmers from whom we receive individual requests to partake in this kind of project.
“In this regard, therefore, we are in talks with the Directorate of Economic Empowerment to design a mechanism that will look into the requests of our large scale farmers with the approval of His Excellency,” he said.
According to him, the company is also displaying 10 combined harvesters of which JASCO is in liaison with the Directorate of Economic Empowerment in sourcing interested large scale farmers for possible supply.
Jigawa Govt, FCDO signs agreement on Healthcare, Education, Social Protection Dev.
By Ahmed Rufa’i, Dutse
The Jigawa State Government has signed an agreement with UK Foreign Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO) on Mutual Accountability Framework (MAF) in five sectoral development areas.
Speaking after signing the agreement, the Jigawa state governor, Malam Umar Namadi said, “This is the 5th Strategic Dialogue, of Mutual Accountability Framework, that focuses on developmental issues particularly on issues related to Health, Education, Social Protection, Agriculture and Youth empowerment sectors.
According to the governor, “I am truly delighted that we are gathered once again for the continuation of the strategic dialogue between the Jigawa State Government and the FCDO.
“From what we have achieved over the years, I firmly believe in the effectiveness of the Mutual Accountability Framework”.
The Governor also outlined key achievements across various sectors to include sustained investment in healthcare, increased access to education, and advancements in social protection initiatives and the commitment to improved governance.
Other sectors are economic growth, and leveraging technology for a digital economy were emphasized as core priorities for Jigawa State.
On his part, the FCDO Development Director, Dr. Christopher Pycroft, commended Governor Umar Namadi’s visionary 12-point agenda as he promised continued support from the FCDO.
Dr. Pycroft, highlighted the significance of sustaining the MAF approach and expanding collaboration with other stakeholders to foster development and growth of Jigawa State and it’s people.
The director who shared his heartfelt sentiments on the enduring partnership, acknowledged the impactful journey over the last 23 years in Jigawa’s development.
He then, expressed confidence in the continued growth of the alliance, envisioning a future where Jigawa State becomes a beacon of progress for other subnational governments and development partners.
Police arrest 55 suspected Criminals, recover N3.6m cash, other valuables in Jigawa
By: Ahmed Rufa’i, Dutse
Jigawa state police command have arrested over 55 suspected criminals over alleged crimes of kidnapping, armed robbery and other offenses.
The state commissoner of police, Mr Ahmad Abdullahi, in his maiden press briefing at the state’s police command headquarters in Dutse, said “On my assumption of duty in the state 10 days ago we made trimendious achievement”.
The police boss explained that “The command under my leadership succeeded in arresting 25 suspected thieves and vandals, three suspected kidnappers, 10 suspected armed robbers, two suspected human traffickers, arrest of 10 suspected motor vehicle and motorcycle thieves and three suspected mobile phone thieves”.
Abdullahi added that “The command has recovered three fabricated local firearms, four motor vehicles, six motorcycles, N3,650,000 cash and nine android handsets”.
He stated further that also recovered were 32 cows, five sheep, vandalized armored cables and wares, Sesame, Millet and Groundnut valued at N450,000, 261 wraps of dry leaves suspected to be Indian hemp, 176 tablets of Exol etc.
According to him “The command will be guided on the security basic principles such as intelligence led policing, community policing, knowledge and collaboration with the sister security agencies to achieve common object and maintain effective crime control, civil disorder control and reduction in fear of crime”.
He assured the people in the state that through hard work, professionalism and partnership crime and criminality will be reduced to the barest minimum.
Abdullahi expressed gratitude to the inspector general of police, Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun “for finding me worthy to be deployed here to serve as commissioner of police of this great state”.
Jigawa moves to boost Export with hibiscus,Sesame Fumigation, Cleaning Chamber
By Ahmed Rufa’i, Dutse
As part of the Jigawa government effort to supplement the federal government policy of promotion of non oil product exportation, the state has collaborated Comttraex Nigeria a private organization and established a fumigation chamber for hibiscus flower at the Maigatari Export Processing Zone (EPZ) in Maigatari local government area of the state.
This was disclosed by the Director-General, Jigawa Investment Promotion Agency (InvestJigawa) Furera Isma Jumare at a one-day seminar titled “Value Addition for Export”, organized for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the state.
She said it is part of effort to promote non oil product expirtation.
The director general said the project which is under Public Private Partnerships (PPP) chamber is expected to commence operation in few weeks.
Hajiya Jumare explained that the gesture was aimed at boosting the exportation of the product, as well as addressing the issue of export rejection.
According to her “The collaboration, under a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) agreement, is also targeted at transforming the hibiscus value chain in the state, by making it a prominent hub for the production and processing of the commodity in Nigeria”.
The DG noted that the partnership will establish a fumigation chamber, modern cleaning and processing facility for hibiscus flowers, Sesame and trade under the brand name “ComttraJigawa”.
“This initiative is expected to unlock the industry’s full potentials, driving economic growth and creating opportunities for local farmers and sustainable development in the region to boost exportation of the product,” she said.
The DG further assured the state government will support in various ways that would ease the path to becoming not just a production state, but also a state dominant in processing of raw materials for exportation.
“And for this seminar themed “Value Addition for Export”, Our target is the Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMES) sector. You may wonder why you, as MSMEs, first, there is no dispute that MSMEs form the bedrock of a country’s economy, especially here in Africa.
“And for us in InvestJigawa, we consider MSMEs as investors too, something I must stress here because of the general belief that when you say “investors”, you mean those large rice mills, sugar factories, fertiliser companies and the likes that you see along the road. It is not so.
“We see MSMEs as partners that should be supported to grow and thrive, which we believe would subsequently contribute to the economic prosperity of our state as espoused by our Governor’s 12-point agenda,” the DG said.
She stressed the need for MSMEs to ramp up the addition of value to the state raw materials, which will provide competitive advantage, noting that value addition will avail MSMEs the opportunity to get premium prices for their products, “I reiterate that our state is endowed with abundant resources and it is time we leverage these resources for their fullest potential.
It is worth telling, that in September this year, according to Nigeria Shippers Council’s report, 75% of exported farm produce in Nigeria is from North West zone.
“This underscores the pivotal role that our MSMEs can play in this space and their potential impact on the global market. I believe the presentations and discussions today will provide valuable insights and strategies for our MSMEs to enhance their production processes and elevate the quality of their goods and services,” Isma-Jumare said.
She therefore, urged the participants to network for future collaboration with the agency in its effort to bring about export of the state products not as raw materials, but as finished goods.
Competent resource persons from Nigerian Export Promotion Council, Nigerian Shippers Council, Dala Inland Dry Port, Nigeria Customs Service and Window of Turkey made presentations on export producers.
In their separate remarks, Mr Danalmadi Haladu, the Secretary of Nigerian Association of Small Scale Industrialists (NASSI), in the state, Malam Nuhu Hussaini, the Chairman of Dutse Union of Marketers, commended the agency for the seminar and engaging resource persons to educate the participants.
Nuhu, called for more Sensitisation for the MSMEs in the area of exportation as he urged the agency to ensure that producers get good prices for their products.
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