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Nigerian government to distribute US$24mn loan to farmers

The state government in Kebbi, Nigeria has announced it will issue a US$24mn loan to farmers in the region as part of plans to improve agricultural production

According to governor Saidu Dakingarti of Kebbi, who received a delegation of the state chapter of the Youth in Agricultural Organisation in Birnin Kebbi on Friday, 360 tractors will be provided at low cost to Kebbi farmers.

The governor said that farmers will have access to 2,000 work bulls and ploughs, including 2,000 power tillers.

According to Dakingari, the youth in the state should undertake farming to earn a steady income. 

The large consignment of water pumping machines would be distributed to farmers to support them in dry season farming in a bid to attract youths to farm.

The state chairperson of the organisation, Hajiya Rabi Zuru, praised the efforts of the state government in the development of agricultural production and called for timely distribution of support to farmers.

Further support will also be provided with the state chapter of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) to enhance agricultural production.