Bauchi – The Bauchi State Government has earmarked N150 million for the construction of three ultra modern grain silos, as part of efforts to boost agricultural activities in the state.
The Commissioner for Agriculture, Alhaji Tanko Dutse, who disclosed this in Bauchi yesterday said the silos would be constructed under joint partnership between the State Agricultural Development Programme (BSADP), National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA) and Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
â€œThe state government in collaboration NFRA and MDGs are constructing three community warehouses in various parts of the state. Each of the silos will cost about N50 million,â€ Dutse said, adding that the measure was to enhance agro-processing and preservation technology in the state.
The commissioner said the Federal Government through BSADP, distributed mini metal and bricks silos, each with one and two tonnes capacity to the farmers at a subsidised rate.
He said the state government had also spent over N36 million for the training of agricultural extension workers on modern farming, agricultural preservation and agro-processing techniques.
He said the training was provided in collaboration with the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and a US-based institution, Purdue University.
â€œThe training programme is aimed at improving the capacity of the extension workers to impart relevant knowledge and skills in the farmers. Government is adopting new technology for boosting agricultural productivity in the state,â€ Dutse said.
He said government would also set up a monitoring and evaluation unit to ensure effective implementation of the agricultural extension services in the 20 local government areas across the state.