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Group urged Bauchi Gov. Tackle food security challenges.

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Group urged Bauchi Gov. Tackle food security challenges.

By Ahmed Ahmed

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Group under the auspices of Public Finance on Agriculture (PFA) Budget Committee has called on Bauchi state government to tackle food security challenges in the state.

The spokesperson of the group Hajia Amina Bala Jibrin made the call when they paid a courtesy visit to the State Commissioner for budget and economic planning, Alhaji Aminu Gamawa on Monday in Bauchi.

She stressed the need for the state government to address the challenge of food insecurity.

“Governor Bala Mohammed’s administration must prioritize Agriculture alongside health and education that have often attracted much funding over the years.

” I implored the State government to embark on bulk purchase of ox-plough that are easy to manage by women farmers

“As well as rice miller’s and other processing machinery for crops like groundnuts, soya beans and the likes,” Jibrin said

Responding, the State Commissioner for budget and economic planning, Gamawa assured state government support to women farmers through existing Cooperative Societies and active smallholders women groups

“To enable them achieve their desire to engage in commercial farming,” he said

Gamawa reiterated that the present administration acknowledges the call for increased budgetary allocation to the agricultural sector.

“But was more concerned about a realistic budget that would bring about the expected revolutionary change in the sector,” he said.

The Commissioner explained that his ministry was working closely with the ministries of agriculture, women affairs and youth

“With a view to ensuring that the needs of women smallholder farmers were captured in their respective MDAs proposed 2021 budget,” he said.

Gamawa therefore advised the PFA budget committee group to present their needs to the MDAs assuring that the Ministry of Budget and planning would accord priority to their case when preparing the 2021 budget.

He advocated for a massive awareness campaign on agriculture to enable farmers understand the passion the present government has for the sector.

“Agriculture should be seen as a business with less risk, less investment but high yield.” The Commissioner said.

Group urged Bauchi Gov. Tackle food security challenges.

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