Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State had inaugurated Fadama III, that would provide additional financial intervention for the year 2016/2017 dry-season farming in the state.
The event, which held at Kurfi Village of Kware Local Government Area, would cover the 23 local government councils at a cost of N1.56 billion.
This is contained in a statement signed by Imam Imam, the Special Adviser to the governor on Media and Public Affairs, and issued to newsmen in Sokoto on Sunday.
Imam said that the programme was aimed at distributing agricultural inputs equipment, agro-chemicals and other farm tools to 90 production clusters, comprising 611 production groups across the crops value chain of rice, sorghum and tomato.
Imam said that Tambuwal promised the citizens that his administration would continue to provide support to the farmers through the provision of subsidized agricultural inputs and equipment.
“We are going to provide enough fertilizer, seedlings, herbicide and pesticide.
“Similarly, farm implements like water pumps and sprayers will be distributed to farmers at little or no cost to enable them deploy modern farming techniques in their farmlands,” Imam quoted the governor as saying.
The governor was also quoted as saying that the government would continue to undertake people-oriented programmes aimed at supporting the entrepreneurship drive of the people.
According to him, ”Sokoto government has also gone into various partnerships with both national and international partners.
“This is for the conception and implementation of projects and programmes that will have direct bearing on the socio-economic lives of the people.”
He expressed the appreciation of the state government to the development partners, especially the World Bank, for supporting the state to achieve various development feats.
Tambuwal, who said that the World Bank had been providing project grants to the state project office through the National Project Office, urged beneficiary-farmers to utilise them for the intended purposes.
Also Imam quoted the State Commissioner of Agriculture, Alhaji Umaru Nagwari, as saying that the state government had provided necessary support for the implementation of the project in the state