Sokoto, March 17, 2017 (TNE): Fadama project in Sokoto State is to receive a boost of 125 different machines for processing rice, sorghum and tomatoes, the Commissioner for Agriculture, Alhaji Ummaru Na-Gwari, announced on Friday in /Sokoto.
The commissioner told newsmen that the objective was to promote agricultural enterprises particularly among the youth.
Na-Gwari said that the machines, worth N500 million, would be provided by the National Fadama III Office once the plans were reviewed and approved.
According to him, the Fadama III project is to increase the income of poor Fadama resources’ users on a sustainable basis.
Na-Gwari said that the objective also aimed at reducing rural poverty and increasing food security via direct delivery of resources to the users.
He said that the empowerment would enable the Fadama users to manage their livelihoods well through the Community Driven Development (CDD) approach and the preparation of bankable agricultural business plans.
He said that the state government had approved the payment of about N112.7 million as its counterpart fund for the project in the state.
“This will in no measure go a long way in supporting efforts to realise the development objectives of the project in the state,” Na-Gwari noted. (TNE)