The government of Jigawa state is investing the sum of #107 million in development of goat rearing in the state.
Accordingly, the regime said the scheme fashioned to address joblessness among widows will covered the 287 political wards, across the state.
The state acting governor, Ibrahim Hassan Hadeija, made this disclosed to BusinessDay, in Gumel, in Jigawa state, Monday.
Hadeija stated that as part of the take off of the scheme, a total of 20 widows have been identified and would be provided with fund for the acquire their seed goats.
” The administration has approved the disbursement of goat rearing loan to 20 widows in all the 287 political wards of Jigawa state with over #107 million earmarked for the scheme.
” This is in addition to the over 3,000 metric tonnes of assorted fertilizers being provided for the farmers in the state” he explained.
The acting governor, revealed that the current administration is making agriculture the key sector of its economic development.
Hadeija said that the regime resolved to focus on the sector because it is the mainstay of the state economy, as it is currently engaging over 90% of the people of the state.
“Agriculture is the mainstay of Jigawa State economy as it provides livelihood for over 90% of the State ‘s population.
” Jigawa is the 7th largest crop producer in Nigeria with value of crops estimated at #644.41 billion.
“Therefore, we have every reason to set agriculture as our priority because the state economy is driven largely by agriculture and the people are predominantly farmers” he added.
On the recent agreement entered into with some companies to develop agriculture in a full-scale business in the state, the acting governor hinted the project has reached execution stage.
“Our believe is that no meaningful development can take place except the people are empowered, and we intent doing this through agriculture.
“Our objective in this area is to achieve substantial poverty reduction, increased food security, and nutrition, as well as contribute to sustainable employment generation and agro-based economic growth” he further disclosed.