Borno State is targeting massive cultivation of 65,000 hectares for various crops, Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum has told an agro-facilitating team from the Central Bank of Nigeria.
The governor and his team met with six officials from the Central Bank, led by Mahmood Nyako, a deputy director, whose team included CBN’s head of anchor borrowers, Chika Nwaja, and Mohammed Garba Saidu who heads the bank’s fish farming intervention programme.
Borno’s commissioner for Agriculture, Engr Bukar, the chairman of Borno’s mega farms project, Hon. Musa Inuwa Kubo, were on Zulum’s team.
The Governor said Borno was interested in keying into CBN’s anchor borrowers and commercial agriculture programmes with the aim of cultivating 30,000 hectares of sesame seeds, 10,000 hectares of maize, 10,000 hectares of sorghum, 15,000 hectares for cultivation of rice, groundnut and cowpea with each to take 5,000 hectares.
The cultivation is to take place in farms located in the Borno central, south and north, in line with the governor’s aggressive efforts to restore agriculture in livelihood protection for internally displaced persons and resettled communities.
Governor Zulum also indicated keen interest in Borno taking advantage of CBN’s fish farming intervention.
Another meeting is scheduled next week to agree on areas the bank will support “huge investment to create value chain in fish farming”.
Zulum had identified communities in Borno where citizens engage in fish farming, pointing out that his administration was going to invest in ways the citizens would have increase in yield for wealth creation and to enhance food sufficiency in the state.