Rice produced by farmers in Kano State, north western Nigeria rose from 692, 481 tonnes in 2015 to 1, 551, 720 tonnes last year, reflecting an increase of about 95.2 percent.
The state governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje who announced this also said “wheat production in the state increased from 9, 495, 024 tonnes in 2015 to 17, 717, 000 tonnes in 2016, showing a swell of 84 percent”.
The governor stated this during an interactive session on loan recovery with farmers, on the Central Bank of Nigeria/Bank of Agriculture Anchor – Borrowers Programme, at Kano Seed Processing Center, Kadawa, Garun Malam Local Government area.
“The significant increase in farm produce was as a result of Kano state government’s renewed interest in agriculture, as part of efforts to diversify the local economy.
The bumper harvest recorded last year in Kano showed a significant increase in the production of other commodities like maize, millet, groundnut and cow peas and with the government’s commitment, barring unanticipated developments, the output would be multiplied this year.” assured the governor.