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Sokoto farmers to get N1.6bn loan

25 July 2013, 14:16

Sokoto-  Sokoto State Government on Wednesday said it would disburse N1.6 billion agricultural loans to farmers in the state.

The commissioner for solid minerals in the state, Dahiru Maishanu, said this while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the state executive council meeting.

The commissioner said the state government would provide N512 million, while Zenith Bank Plc would provided the balance.

"The loan facility was approved by the council and it will be distributed to rice and tomato farmers in the 23 local government areas of the state.’’

The commissioner said the gesture was aimed at encouraging more farmers to produce more food for both local consumption and export.

Similarly, the state government has approved the tarring of the road networks and parking spaces at the Usman Faruk Secretariat at the cost of N225.6 million.

Ahmed Aliyu, the Commissioner for Health said the council also approved the reconstruction of the 1.5 kilometre Unguwar Rogo-Police Station-Minanata-Tudunwada road at the cost of N154.96 million.

Aliyu said the council had approved the construction of new General Hospitals in Kware and Dange/Shuni local government areas at the cost of N172.26 million each.

 - NAN


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