Prior to discovery of cruel oil in Nigeria, Kano State used to be the centre of attraction in area agricultural production for local consumption and export purposes. This led to era of groundnuts pyramid that created jobs, contribute to economic growth of the state and the federation as a whole via tax and foreign exchange earnings, improve standard of living and enhance infrastructural development.
However, cruel oil discovery resulted to neglect of agriculture because of ‘free money’ coming oil revenue but the fall of global oil price is fast redirecting the mind of government to agriculture and Governor Abdullahi Ganduje since inception has introduced several programmes/policies to boost agricultural production in Kano State.
Recently, Kano State Government purchased 100 tractors to help farmers in state with clearing of lands ahead of the new farming season. Governor Ganduje’s led administration also procured harvesters, threshers and other modern farming equipment for commercial farmers.
The state government in 2016 approved N100million for procurement of wheat seeds and N50million credit facilities for wheat farmers to boost wheat production with the aim of reducing wheat importation to the country. This intervention has yielded good result with bumper harvest by affected farmers owing to suitability of Kano State vast land for wheat and rice plantation.
Additionally, the state government facilitated N1billion loan for commercial farmers under CBN Anchor Borrower Scheme and thousands of farmers have accessed the credit facility to boost their production.
Furthermore, hybrid rice was made available to farmers in the state to support the operation ‘zero importation of rice’ agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari led administration at the national level.
Similarly, Governor Ganduje in 2015 earmarked N1billion to provide storage facilities for rice, wheats and others grains in bid to reduce wastage after harvest, ensure steady supply all year round and increase income of farmers.
Apart from that, the current administration revised and repositioned moribund Kano State Agricultural Supply Company limited (KASCO) to increase agricultural production and render support services to farmers in the state.
Likewise, Kano State Agricultural Research and Development Agency (KNARDA) in collaboration with ICRISAT trained 1050 farmers in 30 communities to enhance unscaling of Cowpea and groundnuts production. This collaboration according to the government would increase production and productivity of Cowpea in a bid to attain sufficiency in output values, improve farmers welfare and income. The resultant effect of the state government drive in agricultural is fast running to adorable pictures of groundnuts pyramid in Kano State.
Also, Governor Ganduje’s administration gave 5000 units of water pumps to Fadama farmers and provided 100 tube wells to complement federal government efforts.
The state government also employed 729 extension workers to serve as field officers and give farmers in every part of the state, especially in rural areas necessary information on improve their production. The farmers’ friendly governor does not just send extension workers to field empty handed but he approved motorcycle loan for them with 40 percent discount. This action aside from making it convenient for extension workers to reach every part of the state but also motivated them to be committed to their duties and ensure Kano State become the feeders of the nation and leading exporter of agricultural produces.
It’s heartwarming that Kano would soon be an assembly plant for modern farming machineries as Governor Umar Ganduje approached Hunan Sunfeild Machinery based in China to set up Assembly Plant in the state. The governor during his official visit to China in 2017 visited Hunan’s Head office and said the establishment of assembly plant in the state will facilitate job creation and fast track technology transfer.
Aside that, Kano State government is also giving deserving attention live stocks farming by sponsoring 60 youths to Turkey for training in Artificial Insemination. While Governor Ganduje has provided logistics support to security agencies in state to end activities of cattle rustlers. He has also expressed readiness to provide land for proposed Cattle Colony by Federal Government in order to address menace of farmers/herdsmen crisis nationwide.
With all the laudable achievements of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje in Agricultural sector, one can boldly say Kano State is on the path to greatness and economic viability that would not only increase income of farmers but provide huge income for the state amidst unstable oil revenue