The Sokoto State government has said that it will this weekend begin a detailed account of farmers, farmlands and types of crops cultivated across the state.
According to a statement issued by Imam Imam, Governor Tambuwal's spokesman, the enumeration is to generate adequate data and take proper inventory of farmers and their production activities.
Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal said at a one day workshop that generating the data is a first step towards implementation of his new agricultural revolution policy in the state.
He said no meaningful development can take place without data.
“Today we lack data to identify our farmers across the state. If government, at the moment, sourced the required funds and implements for farmers, there is no any data to tell who is producing what and where ad at what capacity.”
"We will do the survey in order to know our farmers, their locations, what they produce and at what capacity. The information to be generated will guide farmer’s government as to what support and assistance individual farmer will need to be productive," the governor added.
Tambuwal said after studying all economic variables, Sokoto government decided that the only way to facilitate economic growth and development is by prioritizing agriculture, a decision that led to the establishment of the state Technical Committee for the development of agriculture.
In his remarks, the state commissioner of agriculture, Alhaji Umaru Nagwari said since May 2015, the state has pursued the development of the sector with renewed vigour and determination for the benefit of the people.
Among the measures implemented include the development of the tomato value chain by signing an agreement with Erisco Foods to establish a tomato processing factory and establishment of a tractor manufacturing factory in the state.
He said two sites have already been allocated for the immediate take-off of the projects.