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Borno to export sesame, cassava, others from 20 hectares irrigation farm

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Borno to export sesame, cassava, others from 20 hectares irrigation farm

Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, has said the state government is working assiduously towards attaining food sufficiency and exportation of cash crops and other farm products such as maize and cassava, among others.

The governor stated this on Wednesday at the Koiri irrigation farm, one of the pilot drip irrigation schemes of his administration.

Borno to export sesame, cassava, others from 20 hectares irrigation farm

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Koiri scheme which covers about 20 hectares of land is targeted at producing 364 tons of maize and sesame in one crop cycle. While with three cycles per year, the Koiri scheme is targeted at cultivating over 1,092 tons of maize and other crops annually.

Zulum also noted that his administration will focus on investing in irrigation agriculture to maximise food production in the state.

“Let’s carefully put things in order. Borno State will start exporting sesame and other cash crops in the near future,” Zulum said.

“We will subsequently change focus and invest our resources in irrigation farming or, rather, food production. I assure you that we will provide the political will needed to achieve food sufficiency,” Zulum said.

Borno to export sesame, cassava, others from 20 hectares irrigation farm

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The governor however, ordered for the expansion of the scheme to 300 hectares, with 100 hectares to be cultivated in each senatorial zone,” saying, “We need to expand our scope. We should identify bigger land; we can expand with another 100 hectares each in Borno Central, South and North.”

“My predecessor has procured about 10,000 hectares of drip irrigation kits. After this year’s rainy season, we hope the state will be able to cultivate at least 1000 hectares.,” Zulum said.

Borno to export sesame, cassava, others from 20 hectares irrigation farm

The governor was accompanied by the Secretary to the State Government, Hon. Bukar Tijjani, Commissioners for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Bawu Musami, Information and Internal Security, Professor Usman Tar, and members of the agric transformation team, among other government officials.

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