The Kebbi State government has been commended for committing 10 per cent of its annual budget to the agricultural sector since 2015.
Kebbi State coordinator of OXFAM International in Nigeria, Mr. Olumide Ojo made the commendation at a news conference yesterday in Birnin-Kebbi to commemorate World Food Day with the theme, “Our Actions Are Our Future.”
Ojo disclosed that the agricultural sector of the state has been receiving significant improvement in budgetary allocation since 2015 which he described as fundamental in ensuring food security for the state and country at large.
“The state government has been allocating over 10 percent of its annual budget to agriculture sector since 2015. In 2016,the state government voted N12.5 billion out of the total budget of N109.7 billion.
“In 2017, it voted for over N14 billion out of total budget of N139.3 billion to the same sector, budgetary allocation to agriculture and rural development represented 11.4 per cent in 2015 and 10.1 per cent in 2016 respectively and a nominal sectorial increase of about 12 per cent budgetary allocation year-on-year,” he said.
He also commended the Kebbi State government’s partnership with development partners for agricultural and rural development citing the recent signing of memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the state government and the United States African Development Foundation (USADF) for 10 billion USD Agribusiness Development Fund in Kebbi.
The coordinator disclosed that the state has a rising profile in agricultural development in Nigeria, with profound prominence in commercial production of rice, sorghum, wheat, maize, soya beans, groundnut, tomatoes, sugarcane and cassava among others.
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