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Niger state keen to pilot FG's 500,000 hectare agricultural project

The Niger state government has announced its intention to pilot the federal government's 500,000 hectare agricultural production program announced by President Bola Tinubu in his New Year address.

Governor Mohammed Umar Bago disclosed this information shortly after his meeting with President Tinubu in Abuja.

He explained that Niger is currently the leading state in the President's Food Security Initiative, noting that the country has started implementing dry season agriculture on a total of 250,000 hectares.

The governor stated the purpose of his visit: “We already have offtake agreements with some companies, but that's just to let the governor know what we're doing in agriculture.

“If you listened carefully to the president's New Year's speech, you would have understood the emphasis on agriculture and that the government plans to farm 500,000 hectares in 2024.

“The state is also offering itself as a pilot state for that project, which is also ambitious to match the federal government's 500,000 to 500,000.”

He further spoke about farmers forced from their ancestral homes in the state due to insecurity, saying, “They have already returned to their farms.”


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