KEBBI SHIFTS FOCUS TO OTHER AGRO COMMODITIES
Nevertheless, with the euphoria of success recorded in rice production, which amounts to 3.56 million tons, the state government of Kebbi shifts to other agro products for which the state has competitive advantages.
Currently, the state exports to neighboring countries – the Niger, the Republic of Benin and Libya, and also produces about N150b from the sale of paddies.
found out that aside from rice; the state also has the potential for wheat, shea butter, soybeans, tomatoes, skins and leather and gold and manganese, which will soon be exported in large quantities.
Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu said that besides taking first place in the onion market, he is also number one in the market of smoke water, adding that the state is also rich in the cultivation of pepper, ginger and hibiscus flowers.
He said that the state concluded an agreement with a local company for a state-of-the-art sugar processing plant of world class located in the area of the local council of Auge, a border town between the kebbi and the states of Sokoto.
He said: “We also use honey production, which shows how ambitious we are. Peanut butter is what we have from the state; in the eastern part, we work with the Nigerian Millers and WACOT on soybeans. Last year, FMN actually exported soy beans from soybean products from this condition; we are pleased that private sectors are already responding to them.
“All these changes in the agricultural sector of this administration have prompted farmers not only to be active and productive, but also to a significant extent reduce youth, as the state is recognized as the most peaceful state in the northern geopolitical zone.”
Noting that the state has a vast arable land and boasts more than three million practicing farmers, representing 70 percent of the state’s population, Bagoudu added that in the specified time it is planned to increase the production capacity of state goods.
He noted that the state facilitated the provision of loans and deposits to farmers through the Program of anchor borrowers and the Accelerated Agricultural Development Scheme; promotion of the chains of additives / additives in the sector; and signing an agreement with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to explore the potential of ethanol using abundant sugar cane plantations of the state.