The Katsina State Government plans to cultivate 3,000 hectares of irrigable land at Jibia irrigation site in 2010.
Gov. Ibrahim Shema made this known on Tuesday at Dabiran irrigation site at the launching of this yearâ€™s fertiliser sales for irrigation farming.
He said government had concluded all the necessary arrangements for the cultivation of the land as part of efforts to ensure maximum utilisation of the irrigation site.
Shema said 100 hectares and 1,500 hectares were cultivated in 2007 and 2009 respectively, adding that government decided to cultivate 3,000 hectares this year in line with its policy of ensuring food security in the state.
He said government had also rehabilitated a number of earth dams to encourage dry season farming and boost food production.
Shema announced that government had earmarked N600 million for farming activities and rehabilitation of earth dams this year.
He said government had also earmarked N243 million for the provision of drugs to veterinary clinics and construction of new ones.
The governor said his administration had spent N50 million on the rehabilitation of grain silos, while about N350 million had been earmarked for the purchased of surplus grains.
He urged youths and other unemployed people in the state to embrace dry season farming to improve their socio_economic well_ being.
The Commissioner for Agriculture, Alhaji Sani Makanma, had earlier said that adequate arrangements had been made to ensure equitable distribution of fertiliser to dry season farmers.The commodity is being produced locally by the four fertiliser blending plants in the state.