By: Kazeem Biriowo
The Gombe State Government on Friday expressed its readiness to partner the Bank of Agriculture, (BOA) on the introduction of modern farming techniques in the state and creating an agricultural value chain for farming communities at the grassroots.
The state governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya made the disclosure when he received a delegation from the Bank of Agriculture, led by its Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Alwan Ali Hassan at the Government House.
According to him, eighty percent of the state are peasant farmers which makes it imperative for them to always require access to loan facilities to improve productivity and livelihood.
He said several meetings were also made with the Minister of Agriculture, Sabo Nanono and other key stakeholders as part of his administration’s commitment to foster symbiotic relationship and revamp the agricultural sector.
To this end, he urged the bank to improve on its services, especially on sensitisation aspect as the majority of farmers in the state are not well guided and supported, hence the over-dependence on agricultural products from other climes.
“Gombe State has the land for food production and animal husbandry, as a matter of fact, we have the largest grazing reserve in Africa measuring about one hundred and forty-four thousand hectares”,he said.
The Governor also disclosed that his administration is looking at how to revive cooperative societies in the state and restore them to when they were considered indispensable to the growth and development of sectors such as agriculture.
Earlier, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Bank of Agriculture, Alwan Ali Hassan said the delegation from the Bank was in the state to discuss business in Agriculture and its value chain and how the teeming farmers can have easy access to some of the facilities and products available in the bank.
He said the bank will transmit all its products through its four branches in Gombe, Billiri, Bajoga and Kumo so that farmers in the state need not travel to access the services they so desire.