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Nigeria: Bauchi State Govt Plans to Cultivate 100,000 Hectares of Cotton in 2012

| June 29, 2012 More

In line with the Federal Government’s programme on the revival of cotton production, the Bauchi State Government says it will cultivate 100,000 hectares of the commodity this year.

Dr Aliyu Gital, the Programme Manager of Bauchi State Agricultural Development Project (BSADP), made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Bauchi.

Gital, who is also a member of the committee set up by the government to implement the programme, said each one of the 20 members of the committee was expected to cultivate not less than five hectares.

“Each member of the committee, about 20, is cultivating not less than five hectares – some are 20 and some are 10.

“Then for the cotton farmers, we were saying that a minimum of 10,000 hectares should be cultivated per state; but then the purchase we have done for the cotton seeds are 100,000 hectares

“Because most farmers that are not registered may come for the seeds; and we believe when we stock these seeds, if we cannot exhaust them this year, next year with the promise that buyers will come, more farmers will come.

“The journey so far is good; apart from the mobilization that were done – you see me going round the local governments that are affected – we also took some key agriculturalists and policy makers to Adamawa – Sabore Farms – they were trained. It was supposed to be a train-the-trainer programme.”

He expressed regret that cotton production was neglected over the years and spoke of the need to revive the production of the crop through the retraining of farmers and other key stakeholders.

“Cotton has been produced, but for the past 20 years of more we have not produced cotton, as expected.

“So, most of our farmers now don’t have the knowledge or technology of cotton production. That is why the state government feels it is necessary to send some people to go and train on modern production.

“So, that our farmers and some extension agents that are going to supervise the farms are trained.

“Right now the training is ongoing, because the train the trainers was completed at the middle of last month, so now is the farmers and some of the ES that are being trained.

“So now I think we are going to do cotton business in 15 local governments out of the 20 because they have the comparative advantage, they have the history of cotton production.”

He said the state government would integrate the local government councils at a later date so that all the councils would participate in cotton production.

Gital added that seeds and chemicals would be made available to the farmers to ensure mass production of the commodity. NAN

Category: Bauchi State News

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