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Banditry: Over 50,000 Hectares Of Farmland In Katsina Abandoned By Farmers, Masari Laments




The Governor of Katsina State, Aminu Masari, says farmers deserted over 50,000 hectares of farmland in 2020 on account of bandits’ assaults.


Masari said this on Thursday in Katsina on the launch of the 2021 Maize Moist Season Farming and the primary Maise Pyramid in Nigeria.

The occasion was organised by the Maize Affiliation of Nigeria in collaboration with the Central Financial institution of Nigeria Anchor Borrower Programme.

The governor, nonetheless, mentioned regardless of the disruptions, farmers had recorded a superb harvest.

He famous that the anchor borrower programme had positively impacted the lives of small scale farmers within the state.

“I want to categorical our honest appreciation to the Federal Authorities for the present dedication within the struggle in opposition to banditry, cattle rustling, kidnapping, armed theft, amongst others.

“And for initiating the Anchor Borrower Programme, which has supported the federal government efforts in bringing again the misplaced glory of the agricultural sector.

“For maize manufacturing, from 2016 to 2019, there was a rise within the hectares cultivated in the course of the intervals.

“Within the final 5 years, the state has generated 1.2 million brief time period jobs, for one to 6 months, and 249, 551 long run jobs from six months and above have been created,” he mentioned.

The governor pledged that the administration would proceed to affix fingers with growth companions in agriculture for elevated productiveness.

Mr Masari mentioned the federal government would additionally proceed to make sure that farmers have entry to farm inputs.

In his remarks, the Emir of Katsina, Abdulmumini Kabir, represented by Lawal Bagiwa, counseled CBN and the maize affiliation for the successes recorded.

The emir urged the federal government to step up efforts to finish banditry and kidnapping to guard farmers and different residents.

“I hope safety brokers will do extra to allow farmers to return to their farms and plant crops,” he mentioned in a report by the Information Company of Nigeria.

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