Katsina youths urged to embrace irrigation farming

By The Citizen

The Chairman of the Malumfashi Local Government Transition Council in Katsina State, Alhaji Mansur Banki, has advised  youths in the area to embrace irrigation farming.

He gave the advice in Malumfashi on Monday during the disbursement of N2 million interest-free loans to 200 youths.

The loan is part of the empowerment programme of the council to boost small scale businesses in the area.

Banki, who cautioned the beneficiaries to shun violence, urged them to go to their respective family farms during rainy season and engage in farming.

He said that the involvement of youths in agriculture would not only boost food production, but also enhance the efforts of the government to achieve food security.

The chairman said the three tiers of government allocated a significant proportion of their annual budgets to agriculture.

He advised the youths to utilise the opportunities in agriculture to improve their economic wellbeing rather than going to urban areas in search of jobs.

In a related development, Banki has distributed N1 million to ward heads in the area as “assistance'' to cushion their hardships.

In his remark on the occasion, the chairman commended the ward heads for the support they gave his administration during the recent immunisation programme.

He said the money was also to compensate them for ensuring peace between headsmen and farmers.

He urged them to redouble their efforts on birth and death registration, child enrolment, health and sanitation awareness and community security surveillance.

The District Head of Malumfashi, Justice Mamman Nasir, represented by Alhaji Garba Magaji, commended the government for embarking on policies to improve the wellbeing of the people.