Nigeria has become one of the beneficiaries of the 100 agricultural projects as the Sokoto government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Henan Province of China for the establishment of a demonstration farm and boosting of agriculture in the state.
Chinese President, Ji Xinping, during the South-South Cooperation meeting held in September 2015, had announced that some developing countries would benefit from the 100 agricultural projects.
At the signing of the agreement in Zhengzhou, the capital city of Henan Province, the state Commissioner of Agriculture, Umar Nagwari, signed on behalf of the Sokoto government, while King Xue, the General Manager of Henan Holding Industries signed on behalf of the Chinese.
Spokesman of Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Malam Imam Imam, in a statement issued from China, said the agreement also provides room for experts from Sokoto and Henan Province to carry out joint analysis and study of climatic conditions, soil moisture status, crop cultivation techniques and plant protection and quarantine.
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This agreement would also see to the application of new technology for cultivation of crops such as corn, wheat, tomatoes and onions, and would promote lease investment and promotion of agricultural machinery between the two entities.
Henan Province being the largest producer of food and agric machinery in China, and the best agricultural machinery industries in the world, has a lot to offer Sokoto, Gov. Tambuwal said.
After a thorough tour round the factories and demonstration farms, the governor said, they will choose the best of agricultural machinery ranging from the simple to the complicated ones for the state.
Gov. Tambuwal says that with the signing of the agreement, it has given the state’s decision to embrace mechanized agriculture a huge boost, adding that they will quickly work to set up a joint working group to ensure its implementation.