The Federal Government, in a bid to provide Jobs through agriculture, said it is creating a sesame seed pilot scheme in Borno, Jigawa and Yobe States.
The commodity will be produced using organic method, the government added.
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Sabo Nanono made this known when he received the high powered delegation of officials of Sasakawa Africa Association in Abuja on Monday
Nanono hailed the excellent relationship with Japan as the leading importer of Nigeria’s Sesame seed in the world.
The minister also lauded the Sasakawa Africa Association for advancing the cause of agricultural development and marketing in the country.
He further praised the Japanese aid agency for rendering supports to Nigerian smallholder farmers through laudable extension services for over thirty-five years and counting.
Nanono pointed that Sasakawa’s new strategies over the next five years are in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration’s plans for agricultural development.
He, therefore, urged Sasakawa Africa Association to continue to provide valuable assistance by way of guidance and dissemination of agricultural information to farmers for improved productivity.
In his remarks, the leader of the delegation and Tokyo Programme Director Mr. Junichi Hanai noted that Sasakawa’s next five-year strategy was aimed at ensuring a sustainable and resilient food system in Sub – Saharan Africa.
Hanai added that the organisation will partner with research institutes to co-innovate and ensure balanced intervention in Nigeria.
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