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Food Security: Katsina Governor reaffirms  commitment to agriculture, launches rice-farming centres

*Governor Aminu Bello Masari Katsina State of Nigeria discloses the state government has launched the farm project to discourage rice importation and improve the socio-economic status of consumers in rural areas

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

In tune with the state’s vision to ensure food security and sustainable livelihood for consumers, Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State has restated the commitment of his administration to improve agriculture and other sectors of the economy.

It was learnt the Katsina State Governor Friday, November 25, 2022, disclosed this commitment is part of measures the state government has taken to ensure food security and sustainable means of livelihood for the people as the state remains an agric-based economy.

Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State

He noted the development on the occasion of commissioning the two rice farming centres in Makera and Raddawa villages in Matazu and Dutsinma Local Government Areas of the state.

It was gathered the commissioning of the rice centres came under a project the Katsina State Government and South Korean Company undertook towards improving the rice-cultivating skills of the farmers.

According to him, the Katsina State Government intends to discourage rice importation and improve the social and economic status of people living in rural areas thereby bringing them out of abject poverty.

The rice farming project, said Masari, had since its inception last year, transformed the way local farmers produce rice from one point five tonnes per hectare to six tonnes per hectare with the skills they have acquired.

He said: “They gave a history of how they started because in 1960 they were poor.  They cannot even feed themselves.

“And by 1970, they adopted this method and today they are among the first world.”

The governor further said: “So, if we apply the knowledge they have given to us and use agriculture as the foundation for our development, the sky is the limit for our people and our country.

“50 years back, South Korea introduced this foundation to strengthen agriculture across all villages and communities in the country.

“Through their struggle to feed themselves and by extension exporting the rice to other countries, God assisted them to have their economy improved and now they are among the first world economy.”

Alhaji Ibrahim Tukur Jikamshi, Director-General of the Katsina Investment Promotion Agency (KIPA),  assured of the agency’s readiness to continue to promote micro, small and medium enterprises in the state in order to attract local and foreign investors into the state.

Earlier in his keynote address, Mr. Keith Kyungbok Lee, Country Representative of the South Korean company,  said he observed that Nigeria has great potential for increasing rice productivity, especially in Katsina State where there is an abundance of land to cultivate by local farmers.

Lee recalled that the company had on arrival to Katsina State shared its wealth of knowledge and experience and so far successfully tested its philosophy in the Dutsinma research centre.

It is recalled that in June 2021, the Katsina State Government in collaboration with the South Korean company commenced training 230,000 rural local farmers on local rice farming.

The South Korean way of rice cultivation is aimed at not only improving the rice cultivating skills of the farmers but also discouraging rice importation and improving the social and economic status of people living in rural areas thereby bringing them out of abject poverty, report said.

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