The Kebbi State Government has restated its commitment to agricultural development, expressing delight over the expansion of the state’s cassava cultivation.
According to the government, over 3,000 hectares of land have been provided for cassava cultivation for ethanol production.
The project which was in partnership with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has about 15,000 hectares of arable land still reserved for cassava production in the state, Government added.
Governor of the state, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, during a recent visit to a cassava farm at Tungar Liya’u village, along Jega-Maiyama road of the state, lauded the progress already recorded in cassava production.
Bagudu said “This is further to the joint venture we have between the state government and NNPC.
“Among others, it is a cassava-based ethanol production programme and a sugarcane production programme, while the cassava-based one is going very well”
Speaking on the progress the Governor noted that the NNPC was happy with the development adding that it was a good omen for the programme.
Bagudu also recalled that he had earlier met with the NNPC representatives and the two parties have agreed to renew their MoU.
In his words “We are going to go beyond what we initially intended, to fully realize the project.
“Equally, what I saw today is a testament to the blessings that God granted Kebbi State. Everywhere, there are opportunities to be pursued and we are thankful to the Almighty Allah.
“I must give kudos to our project team and the development finance team of the CBN, the local government chairmen and the communities that have been involved,” Bagudu added