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“Nigeria’s Jigawa can achieve wheat sufficiency” – Governor Namadi

Governor Umar Namadi of Jigawa State has expressed confidence that Nigeria can achieve self-sufficiency in wheat production in the near future.

He spoke at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Thursday and answered questions from reporters after a meeting with President Bola Tinubu.

The governor said the visit was to thank the President for allowing Jigawa State to cultivate 40,000 hectares of the 120,000 hectares of land set aside for wheat cultivation in Nigeria.

Mr. Namadi said he briefed the President on this project and other developmental issues in Jigawa State and the country at large, adding that Nigeria could export wheat in accordance with the government's current deliberate plan to achieve self-sufficiency. He said that.

On what difference Jigawa State can bring to Nigeria's wheat production, he said: So the thing is, because we're number one, we're already making a difference. And today, as I said earlier, out of the 120,000 hectares in Nigeria, 40,000 hectares have been given to Jigawa State alone, which shows that we are making a difference. ”

The governor, while expressing confidence in the state’s ability to achieve wheat sufficiency in Nigeria, said: In other words, only FADAMA land can be cultivated in both the rainy and dry seasons. ”

Regarding the possibility of wheat export, Mr. Namadi said: We are doing the first operation, after this we will use rice, and in the next operation we will use wheat. And so the cycle continues. There will definitely be enough food, and there will definitely be a surplus to export. ”

In his forecast on the tonnage of wheat expected from Jigawa State, the governor said: The minimum we expect is around 4 tonnes per hectare. Currently, we are producing 4 tons per hectare on 40,000 hectares. In fact, his 40,000 cases are supported by the federal government. We do more than that. You can get about 50,000 hectares of land from people who are doing it themselves.

“So at least with all the essential services that we have provided and all the support that we have provided in the dire situation that we have been providing to clear the land, especially to the farmers, so that they can cultivate more. Those who were doing 1 hectare now are ready to do more hectares thanks to support from the federal government and support from the state governments. Multiply that by the official 40,000 hectares, plus That's about 10,000 hectares. Hectares. We work a minimum of 4 tons per hectare. Some people produce 6 tons per hectare, but we only take the minimum, so you can't go wrong. I think the future is very bright.”


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