Despite the growing attacks on the farming communities in Katsina State, the state Governor, Aminu Bello Masari as cconfirmed the generation of N393 million as taxes and levies from farming and the agricultural sector.
This was disclosed by Masari during the launch of 600 hectares of Date planting campaign in Katsina; organised by the National Association of Date Farmers’ Processors and Marketers of Nigeria (NADAFPAM) in collaboration with the state government.
He said: “1,249,551 short-term and long-term jobs have been created mostly among youths and women with over N13 billion generated as income for agricultural entrepreneurs across the 34 local government areas of the state.”
Mannie Yakubu, the State Deputy Governor and Commissioner of Agriculture and Natural Resources, has assured that 20 hectares of land will be provided in each of the seven old local government areas in the state for the take-off of the Date Palm plantation.
He made the declaration that 17 hectares will be provided in each of the remaining 27 council areas with 60 youths selected from the 34 local government areas of the state to undergo a train-the-trainers workshop on the establishment and management of date palm and a step-down training.
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