Dutse, Jan. 17, 2013 (NAN) The Jigawa Government has earmarked N90 million for the completion of the Birnin-Kudu Seeds Processing Centre project.
The state Commissioner for Agriculture, Alhaji Rabiu Isa, disclosed this during the 2013 budget defence before the state House of Assembly’s Committee on Agriculture, on Thursday in Dutse.
Isa said that the amount was captured in the proposed 2013 Appropriation Bill.
He said that the money was meant for the supply of equipment and facilitate the completion of the project.
He explained that the project was a collaboration between the state government and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, to enhance production of good quality seeds in the state.
He said: "The agreement is between the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Jigawa State Government.
"The initial arrangement was to build that place and put the machines for processing.
"And in that initial agreement, there were some components which were not included, the state government has fulfilled its part of the agreement.
"We are now waiting for the Federal Government to supply the engines.
"There are other items like borehole, overhead tank, access road and utility vehicles which were not captured."
Isa explained that the measure was to ensure the completion of the project in the event the Federal Government failed to supply the equipment.
He said the project, when completed, would reduce the cost on procurement of seeds and enhance farmer access to quality seed.
“This N90 million was put aside to overcome the problem, in the event that the Federal Government did not buy the machines.
The state government can buy and install for the purpose of assisting our people to have good seeds.
Meanwhile, the commissioner said that the state government distributed seeds worth more than N30 million to farmers during the 2012 farming season.
He added that the seeds were sold to farmers through the Jigawa Agricultural Supply Company (JASCO).