Katsina rakes in N393m from farming

Katsina State Governor Aminu Bello Masari has revealed that the state generated N393 million as taxes and levies from farming and the agricultural sector despite the spate of growing attacks on the farming communities across parts of the state.

Masari disclosed this 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.”

The State Deputy Governor and Commissioner of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mannir Yakubu explained that for the take-off of the Date Palm plantation, 20 hectares of land will be provided in each of the seven old local government areas in the state.

He announced 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.

In another development, the Katsina Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), has announced the constitution of a panel to probe the assault on a Katsina State Government official by men of the command along Daura- Mai’adua Road in Katsina State.

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