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Zulum wants 65,000 hectares cultivated

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Borno State Governor Prof Babagana Umara Zulum on Monday hosted a Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) agro-facilitating team, with the governor targeting the cultivation of 65,000 hectares various crops to begin this year.

The meeting, held at the Borno Liaison Office Complex, Abuja, had in attendance six officials from CBN led by a deputy director Mahmood Nyako, whose team included CBN’s head of Anchor Borrowers, Chika Nwaja, and Mohammed Said who heads the bank’s fish farming intervention programme.

Commissioner for Agriculture Bukar Talba and the chairman of Borno mega-farms project, Musa Kubo, were on Governor Zulum’s team.

Zulum said Borno was interested in keying into CBN’s anchor borrowers and commercial agriculture programmes to cultivate 30,000 hectares of sesame seeds, 10,000 hectares of maize, 10,000 hectares of sorghum, 15,000 hectares for cultivation of rice, groundnut and cowpea with 5,000 hectares for each.

The cultivation will take place in farms located in the Borno central, south and north, in line with the governor’s aggressive effort to restore agriculture to livelihood protection for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and resettled communities.

Governor Zulum also indicated a keen interest in taking advantage of CBN’s fish farming intervention.

Teams from state and the CBN are expected to hold another meeting in Maiduguri next week to agree on areas the bank will support “huge investment to create a value chain in fish farming”.

Zulum had identified communities in Borno where citizens engage in fish farming, pointing out that his administration was going to invest in ways the citizens would have increased in yield for wealth creation and to enhance food sufficiency in the state.

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