The Jigawa Government says it has empowered 50,000 farmers through cluster farming.
Gov. Muhammad Badaru of the state disclosed this during the commissioning of renovated Fadama 111 office and distribution of farming tools to farmers in Dutse on Thursday.
Represented by the Deputy Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Hadejia, the governor reiterated that agriculture remained one of the cardinal points of his administration, hence the need to empower the groups.
Some of the tools distributed to the farmers include fertilisers, chemicals and threshing machines.
The governor said that the newly renovated office, named as Jigawa Fadama House, was expected to boost the activities of Fadama users in the state and urged the occupants to ensure good maintenance.
He said that government would support all agricultural groups to actualise their programmes in the state.
The state Commissioner for Agriculture, Alhaji Kabiru Ali, thanked the government for giving agriculture top priority, adding that 7,255 farmers received support for dry season farming from the government.
He said that the farmers received support for rice and wheat in Fadama areas of the state through the cluster farming programme.
The commissioner said that government supported the Fadama 111 with N140 million as counterpart fund to assist about 350 farmer groups.
The Coordinator of Fadama 111, Alhaji Aminu Isa, thanked the government for the support and payment of the counterpart funds for the Fadama office.
He pledged to optimally utilise the office to achieve the desired objectives of Fadama 111 programme in the state.