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2021 budget: Gombe govt earmarks N2.48b to agric, livestock sub-sector

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The Gombe state Government has earmarked the sum of N2.482billion to be spent on agriculture and livestock sub-sector in the 2021 Appropriation Bill.

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Gov. Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe state disclosed this while presenting the 2021 budget of the state to the State’s House of Assembly on Thursday in Gombe.

According to Yahaya, agriculture and livestock production being the mainstay of the state economy and engaging about 80 per cent of the people of the State is one of the priority areas of his administration.
 
He stated that his administration accorded the sub-sector the needed attention in the 2020 fiscal year in view of its role in providing food security, employment opportunities and increasing incomes of families.

“In 2020, we procured and distributed 20,000 metric tons of fertilizer to all 114 wards in the state at subsidized rate of N5, 000 per bag and provided 19,500 bags of improved seedlings to dry season farmers.’’

He stated that two agricultural research centres were built, 23,000 hectres of land was allocated for irrigation farming while embarking on 1.5 million livestock vaccination campaign to improve animal health and increase yields of its products.

Yahaya said the state has leveraged several partnerships to develop the sub-sector and the state “has also keyed into the National Livestock Transformation Programme (NLTP) and allocated the Wawa Zange Grazing Reserve for piloting the programme.
 
He added that in the 2021 fiscal year, his administration would continue to provide the enabling environment for the people of the state to strengthen their engagement in agriculture.

He stated that he had given approval for the preparation of an agricultural policy so as to have a clear direction for the agricultural sector intervention in line with our aspirations for the ten-year State Development Plan (2020 – 2030).

He added that a committee had been mandated to draft the policy and the overall objective of the initiative was to leverage on the state’s comparative advantage in agriculture to boost agricultural production and attract investors.

Our correspondent reports that the governor presented a budget of N119.663billion to the state House of Assembly as budget for 2021 fiscal year.

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