Bauchi to create farm centres for youths and women

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Concerned by the need for youths and women empowerment in Bauchi, the State government has promised to establish farm centers across the three senatorial districts of the State.

The state Deputy Governor, Alhaji Audu Katagum, declared this during an interactive session with journalists at the state Capital earlier in the week.

Katagum noted that the projected farm centers were efforts of the state government to address youth agitations and also create employment opportunities for the increasing populace.

According to him “already all the necessary arrangements have been put in place to support the youths and women to engage in farming activities through the use of modern farming and provision of implements for food security and bumper harvest’’.

The Deputy Governor stressed that agriculture is a major priority of the administration, “hence the need for all and sundry to complement government towards improving socio-economic development in the State’’.

He charged the youths to remain positive and desist from all social vices which can destroy their future.

Culled from http://www.agronigeria.com.ng

Hibiscus business in Nigeria

Hibiscus

Hibiscus is a genus of flowering plants in the mallow family, Malvaceae and one of the beautiful plants. It a  healthy flower which can be sourced in some state in Nigeria namely: Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Gombe, Bauchi and Borno state.

The flower requires 4-8 months with night time temperature not below 20 degrees. It also requires 12-13hours of sunlight during the first few months of growth to prevent premature flowerings. During the growth stage, it requires constant monthly rainfall, usually during the first four months.  Even though it grows throughout the year, its peak production is during the dry season of November to April.

On the price of hibiscus, you can sell the produce at ₦7,000- ₦10,000 per 25kg

What is Hibiscus used for?

It can be used for the following;

  • Used to cure cancer.
  • Slows ageing and anti-ageing properties.
  • It lowers cholesterol levels.
  • It darkens hair colour.
  • Serves as raw materials in industries.

It is traded as,

  • Dried Flower
  • Dried shifting

Export Market

The major market destinations are USA, Germany, Holland, Europe, and Asia in general.

Locally, the flower is used to produce zobo drink which is a local drink.

 

 

 

NEVER A DRY SEASON FOR BAUCHI RICE FARMERS AS STATE GOVT. HELP CULTIVATE 4000 HECTARES.

 

Governor Mohammed Abubakar (represented by the state commissioner of Agriculture and National Resources of Bauchi State during the 2017 Fadama III promised additional financing for dry season rice farming at Konkiyel village in Darazo local government area of the state.

He said the state planned to double its effort from 2016 (2,500 was cultivated in 2016) by assisting its farmers to cultivate more land and increase their output.

According to the Commissioner, Bauchi state was the only state in the North- East that was privileged with the mandate of the national FADAMA development project to produce rice and sorghum. He also said that the state government has approved the payment of its annual counterpart contribution of ₦35 million.

According to him, “the world bank through the National Fadama Development Project provided the sum of $200 million for the implementation of the Fadama III additional financing in some selected states, Bauchi inclusive. The objective of the additional financing is to boost dry season farming as well as increased the income of the land users on sustainable manner”.

Governor Abubakar went on further to say that his government has also paid ₦20 million counterpart fund for the national food security and livelihood emergency support under the same Fadama III project for the benefit of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) that have chosen the state as their new home.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development who was represented by one of the ministry members of staffs, Muhammed Yusuf said that the programme is a collaborative effort of the federal Government and the world Bank to scale up food production and generate employment for youths.

He said the government has given special attention to four staple crops which include rice, sorghum, cassava, and tomatoes. He encouraged states that have been identified with the potentials of producing any of these crops to take advantage of this opportunity by concentrating their strengths into the production of these crops as these will drive up their internal generated revenue (IGR).