Bauchi State, firm seal pact to revamp agribusiness
To improve agricultural productivity in Bauchi State, the state government has sealed a pact with OCP Africa Fertiliser to ensure food self-sufficiency and encourage export.
The MoU is hinged on four thematic areas: distribution of farm input across the state through the OCP one-stop shop, Soil testing to ascertain suitability of fertiliser for different crops, Designing of programmes for Bauchi State University to help enhance its research and Agric booster project, aimed at supporting farmers with farm input, as well as linking them with market.
Bauchi State Commissioner of Agriculture, Samaila Adamu Burga and the OCP Africa Country Manager, Caleb Usoh, signed the agreement, in Abuja. Usoh maintained that the partnership is geared towards ensuring farmers have access to inputs and markets, which would further encourage the youths to venture into agriculture.
He disclosed that the firm and the state government have agreed to collaborate in setting up and equipping five centres for last-mile agro-inputs distribution.
Burga, in his remark, maintained that the partnership would provide empowerment opportunities for the youths, which would reduce unemployment.
He expressed the readiness to provide needed support to OCP Africa, such that the partnership would become model for other states to emulate.
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