The Borno State Commissioner for Agriculture, Alhaji Usaman Zanna, said on Tuesday that the state government would focus on irrigation farming to prevent food shortage in the state.

Zanna told newsmen in Maiduguri that the decision was taken following the insecurity challenge which disrupted farming activities in some areas.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that farmers in the northern part of the state including Bama, Konduga and neighboring villages, had not been able to farm due to increased Boko Haram attacks during the last farming season.

To tackle the problem, Zanna said that the government was working on plans to provide farmers with assorted grains and fertilizer, to enable them to engage in mass irrigation farming.

He added that government was also working toward resuscitating old irrigation schemes and commissioning new ones, with a view to ensuring food availability in the state.

“The state government has made arrangements to provide fertilizer and assorted grains to farmers so they can be mobilized for dry season irrigation farming.

“We have also made provisions for diesel oil in all irrigation sites to ensure non-stop irrigation farming throughout the year,” the commissioner said.



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