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Banks to inject N17bn into rice cultivation in Niger

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Minna—The Niger Government said, Wednesday, that it had entered into agreement with some commercial banks to inject N17 billion over the next three years into rice cultivation in the state.

The Commissioner for Agriculture, Alhaji Ahmed Matane, said this at Kuchin Woro village in Lavun Local Government Area during the disbursement of relief materials to victims of 2012 flood.

This came as the Zamfara State Government also said, yesterday, that it awarded road contracts valued at over N7 billion as part of efforts to open up the state.

Zamfara State Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Ibrahim Magaji, told newsmen at the end of the State Executive Council meeting in Gusau that the projects would be completed within 18 months, adding that the government has also awarded contract for the construction of the 38.3 km Tashar Abu-Kekun Waje-Bingi Road at the cost of N1.5 billion.

However, his Niger State counterpart, Alhaji Matane said the contract by the state government included the 31.5 km Gusau-Kasuwar Daji Road, and the Gusau-Zurmi-Katsina Road which were awarded for N2.5 billion.

He said 200, 000 hectares of land would be cultivated with an expectant annual yield of one million tons of rice.

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