Zamfara State Governor, Mr. Abdulaziz Abubakar, has stated that his administration will do everything possible to encourage farmers in the state to go into large scale agriculture, especially cotton production in order to restore the country’s lost glory in agriculture.
The governor, made the declaration when the National Good Governance Team visited Inter Ginnery Cotton processing factory in Gusau, the Zamfara State capital.
This is even as the National Association of Cotton Producers has appealed to the Federal Government to approve a special grant for cotton producers and merchants to enable them embark on large scale production and export of the product.
The governor, who lamented the dearth of cotton industry in Nigeria, regretted that the failure of the sector has resulted into the collapse of textile industry and agriculture in general.
Governor Abubakar, who blamed the collapse on government for having abandoned the producers in their difficult times, promised to revive the industry by encouraging the producers in his state by making necessary inputs that would aid in turning the sector around.
”We are not supposed to be where we are, but we are supposed to be more advanced in terms of cotton production and export.
”Now, government has realised so many things, more especially unemployment and if this is not addressed, it will not augur well for this country.
”This is why we decided to come up with so many programmes to support the industry for cotton production, export and other earnings,” he said.
Governor Abubakar, further said that he has initiated a cotton agency to help farmers in the state get improved seeds, herbicides, market their produce and also ensure regulation. He added that the government has also intervened in the area of funding by summoning all the commercial banks in the state to discuss their roles in reviving the agric sector.
”We have met with the banks to do what they are supposed to be doing, because they are not only a profit agency, but are also supposed to give social services,” he said.