In its attempt to reduce the level of unemployment in the state, the administration of Governor Mohammed Badaru of Bauchi state has registered over 36,000 farmers to be engaged in wheat production in this irrigation season under its cluster farming system adopted by the state government.
This was disclosed by the Managing Director of the state Agricultural and Rural Development Authority (JARDA), Alhaji Gambo Ibrahim Aliyu. He said the Authority has earmarked and cleared a total of 20,000 hectares of land for this purpose, adding that they will soon distribute improved variety seeds to the farmers for zooming into plantation.
He said they have trained Agricultural Extension workers who will guide the farmers on the modern farming techniques of wheat production towards bumper harvest.
Aliyu disclosed that the introduction of cluster farming where large number farmers converge together has yielded fruitful results.
He stated further that groundnut, sesame seed and soya beans farmers who participated in the cluster farming have witnessed bumper harvest this cropping season.
“The government sees this as an imperative to engage the youths in cluster farming system instead of giving them motorcycle for okada business”, he said.
The Authority’s boss explained further that the state government has introduced various strategies of advanced systems for farming with a view to assisting the farmers and also equip them to international standards in mechanised farming.
Alhaji Aliyu noted that in each of the 27 local governments, a Cluster Adviser has been appointed who will enlighten the farmers on the need for an Agricultural Extension workers towards comprehending the new farming techniques.
He added that to buttress its seriousness, the state government put 11,000 hectares where farmers have been engaged in rice production and made wonderful yields under the cluster system which surpassed primitive system of farming.