Kano State Government promised to register no fewer than 100,000 youths to participate in rice production in 2016 farming season.
The Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, made the promise while addressing a Town Hall Meeting in Kano.
Newsmen report that the meeting was organised by the state government to celebrate this year’s Democracy Day.
He said that the state government had commenced registration of interested youths with a view to giving them the necessary support before the commencement of farming activities in full swing.
According to him, the state government has concluded arrangements to support the youths with fertilizer, improved seeds and other necessary agricultural input.
He said the initiative was in line with the Federal Government’s commitment to diversify the economy.
The Governor assured farmers in the state that the state Agricultural Supply Company (KASCO) would supply them with adequate fertilizer this planting season.
According to him, the company has since commenced blending of the fertilizer in commercial quality.
Ganduje told the people that Kebbi government recently ordered 240 trucks of fertilizer from the company, which had already been delivered.
He called on farmers in the state to take advantage of the availability of the commodity to boost food production in the state and the country at large.
Ganduje also urged the unemployed, particularly the youth, to embrace farming to enhance their socio-economic status and boost production.