By Solomon Attah,
The Federal Government has commenced the distribution of bags of improved varieties of cotton seedlings to farmers that can be harvest in 90 days in order to attract textile industries to Nasarawa State
The State Coordinator, Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC), Zakari Musa Eladoga stated this at the occasion to flag off the distribution of the cotton seedlings in Lafia.
He added that, the initiative was first to boost cotton production in the country.
Eladoga described cotton as a viable raw material that has high potential for revenue generation and economic empowerment.
According to him, it was the Federal Government’s desire to make the country one of the highest producers of cotton in the world.
“We want Nasarawa State to become a cotton producing states in Nigeria as it is a good raw material for the production of clothes which will attract textile industries to the state .”
“It is our duty to distribute varieties of seedlings to farmers during cropping season to boost agricultural production in the country.”
“We have distributed cotton seedlings to farmers in the past and this particular seedlings are improved varieties of cotton that can be harvested within 90 days ,” he said.
He therefore, called on farmers to make good use of the opportunity given them in order to attract textile industries to the state.
In his remark,
The Commissioner for Agriculture and Water Resources in the state, Allananah Otaki, expressed gratitude to the Federal Government for the initiative, saying the provision of the inputs would go a long in improving agricultural production in the state.
Otaki who was represented by the Director, Agriculture and Engineering services, Yakubu Jamal said the programme was an unprecedented move towards the Federal Government’s efforts in the diversification of the nation’s economy.
“We are privileged to receive this gesture especially when some of our textile industries are already going into extension.”
“Our Governor, Abdullahi Sule has keyed into the vision of President Muhammadu Buhari in the diversification of the economy through agriculture.
“He has implemented a lot of programmes to boost crops production in the state” he said.
Also speaking , the Commissioner of Information Culture and Tourism, Dogo Shammah noted the importance of cotton to mankind, stressing the need for farmers to produce cotton in larger quantities.