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Borno reveals spend to revive farming in the state

28 April 2015, 21:27

Abuja - The Borno State Government is investing more than N30 billion in agriculture programmes in the state.

State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, after inspecting a massive irrigation scheme in Maiduguri on Tuesday, said major steps had been taken on economic rebirth and rehabilitation of the state bedeviled by the Boko Haram crisis for over five years now.

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Shettima added that with the assistance of both national and international agencies, the Borno Agricultural Transformation Plan, the first step towards rebuilding the state from the destruction of Boko Haram, would have been taken.

We need to create jobs and reduce unemployment among the teeming youths in the state and to confine the Boko Haram to the dustbin of history. This informs the heavy investment in agriculture. The plans are underway to have such projects scattered across the state but all that is needed is assistance of both national and international organizations, he said.

The governor also revealed that over 100 seeds multiplication centres, which uses sprinkler irrigation system, would be established across the 27 local government areas of the state as soon as peace returned to the state.

The security challenges that have bedeviled the state for some years will soon be over, Shettima assured.

- CAJ News


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