Niger to produce 1m tonnes of grains this dry season  – Commissioner 


About 35,000 farmers have been engaged to cultivate 100,000 hectares of farm land estimated to yield one million tonnes of assorted grains during this year’s dry season farming in Niger state. 

The state Commissioner of Agriculture,  Musa Salihu Bawa Bosso, stated this Tuesday in a press briefing in Minna. 

He said the state government has also received 300 tractors for mechanised farming in the state. 

The commissioner stated that the government has decided to encouraged the farmers to participate in dry season farming in order to ensure adequate production and supply of rice, maize,  sorghum and other grains to the market in the shortest possible period. 

He said, “The government is making available some machinery including planters, harvesters and others to assist the farmers. As we have said earlier, the government is determined to give priority to agriculture. In line with this, the government has received 300 tractors in partnership with private investors to kick- start mechanised farming in the state.”

He added that based on a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the private firm, farmers would be supported to cultivate 250,000 hectares across the 25 local governments of Niger state and given improved seedlings to plant.