Bakura - The Zamfara Government has voted N50 million to upgrade facilities and renovate dilapidated structures at the College of Agriculture and Animal Sciences at Bakura.
The Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Alhaji Malami Yandoto disclosed this on Tuesday during a facility inspection visit to the college.
Yandoto said that the college would continue to attract the attention of the state government to stand the test of time.
He said that the college remained one of the lasting and virile legacies of the late premier of the defunct Northern Region, Alhaji Ahmadu Bello Sardauna.
He said that the state government had prioritised agriculture as the mainstay of the state economy, adding that it would provide facilities that could assist farmers to imbibe mechanised agriculture.
"Zamfara is noted as home of agriculture where farming occupies the centre stage of the state economy.
"The government would do everything possible to provide facilities that could transform our farming," he said.
The commissioner said that provision of standard facilities at the college would enhance better learning of modern agricultural techniques and open more grounds for technical training of extension workers.
He said that the knowledge would be imparted to rural farmers by the extension workers so that agricultural production in the state would triple while the local economy could grow fast.
Yandoto said that some of the facilities that would be renovated included classroom blocks and students hostel while laboratory and research equipment would be upgraded.
The Provost of the College, Malam Umaru Muhammad, commended the state government for coming to the aid of the institution.
He promised to make use of the facilities for high quality teaching and learning.