Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal has said that sesame farmers in the state are reaping the benefits of his administration’s multi-million naira intervention into the cultivation of sesame.
The state government in partnership with a Turkish firm recently provided 350,000 kilograms of sesame seeds to farmers in the past one year.
In addition, 500 units of sprayers, 3,000 units of liquid fertilizers, as well as ten motorcycles and a Toyota Hilux vehicle for extension services were provided.
“It is now clear that sesame can grow in Sokoto State and the government of the state is willing to continue to support our farmers generally and specifically those that are involved in sesame farming as we did last year.
“You have seen the output of this intervention. This is an international commodity. Sesame is in demand globally and if you can produce millions of tonnes of it, the market is there,” the governor stated.
“If you don’t have a farm, go back to your local government area and register. Government is ready to provide more farmlands now to farmers.
“I hereby direct the Commissioner for Agriculture to liaise with the overseer of the ministry for local government affairs. This scheme should start immediately.”
On his part, Sokoto State Commissioner for Animal Health, who also oversees the state’s Ministry for Agriculture, Professor Abdulkadir Usman, noted that the state government is optimistic that 91,000 hectares would be cultivated in subsequent years to create more than 100,000 jobs annually in the state.