SOKOTO – Alhaji Arzika Tureta, the Sokoto State Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources on Monday in Sokoto promised to provide modern farming inputs to boost food production and create job opportunities in the state.
Tureta, who is also All Progressives Congress (APC) senatorial aspirant for Sokoto west zone, said he would ensure provision of the farming inputs if elected into the upper house.
He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that his top priority was to provide modern farming inputs to boost agriculture and provide job opportunities for the teeming unemployed youths in the area.
“The era when our people move to urban areas in search of manual jobs will soon be over as efforts will be made to provide basic support to our people to engage in modern farming methods.
“We have all that it takes to engage in both raining and dry season farming as we are blessed with vast land needed to produce various crops,’’ he said.
He explained that already a master plan on how to utilise the opportunities available to engage in active farming using modern farming inputs was being worked out for implementation.
“In the past, agriculture in this region was a source of national revenue; I promise to introduce legislation that will revamp the sector for optimal goals.’’
He commended the Wamakko-led administration in the state for according priority attention to the development of the agricultural sector.
He said that the provision of fertilisers and no fewer than 150 tractors and assorted water pumps for irrigation farming had gone a long way in boosting food production in the state.
He called for responsible politics to ensure peaceful conduct of the forthcoming general elections.
He also appealed to parents to monitor the conduct and whereabouts of their children to protect them from being used as political thugs by desperate politicians. (NAN)