The Kano State Government has employed 729 extension workers to assist farmers to improve agricultural production in the state.
Prof. Mahmud Daneji, Managing Director, Kano State Agricultural and Rural Development Authority (KNARDA), disclosed this in Kano at the weekend.
Daneji said that the government had also distributed 400 motorcycles to extension workers to solve their transportation problems.
According to him, the motorcycles have been distributed to both male and female extension workers to enable them reach out to farmers particularly those living in rural areas.
``Agriculture is the mainstay of economic activities and major employer of labour in the state, hence the decision of the present administration to make the sector its focal area of priority investment, `` he said.
He said that the government’s priority to agriculture was informed by the need to embrace farming in view of the fall in the prices of oil at the international market.
``Agriculture is also given priority in view of the need to ensure food security in the state and the country, `` he added.
The managing director called on farmers to support government’s measures aimed at ensuring food security for the people.