In order to boost agriculture, the Gombe state government has decided to partner with the Bank of Agriculture on modern farming techniques.
Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya stated this when he received a delegation from the Bank of Agriculture, led by its Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Alwan Ali Hassan, at the Government House, weekend.
The governor said his administration is open to discussions and partnership with the Bank of Agriculture on the introduction of modern farming techniques in the state and creating an agricultural value chain for farming communities at the grassroots.
He described the history of the BOA as a robust one, based on its trajectory of encouraging agricultural productivity as well as improving the lives of the people through the provision of incentives and inputs.
The governor informed the visiting BOA team that about 80 per cent of the people of the state are peasant farmers which makes it imperative for them to always require access to loan facility to improve productivity and livelihood.
Yahaya said he had on several occasions met with the Minister of Agriculture, and other key stakeholders as part of his administration’s commitment to foster symbiotic relationships and revamp the agricultural sector.
He urged the BOA to improve on its services, especially on the sensitisation aspect as the majority of farmers in the state and the country at large are not well guided and supported, hence the over-dependence on agricultural products from other climes.
He said leadership at all levels must be seen to guide, inspire and take the people to an enviable level of human capital development.
He said with the geometric progression of the population of the state alongside poor agricultural practices, it behoves on stakeholders in the sector to smoothen rough edges and tighten loose ends for the benefit of the farmers.