His Excellency Governor Abdullahi A. Sule has declared that Nasarawa State is the best
state in Nigeria for the Agribusiness to thrive.
Engineer Abdullahi A. Sule made this declaration in NIRSAL: (THE NIGERIAINCENTIVE BASED RISK AND SHARING SYSTEM FOR AGRICULTURAL LENDING) where he asserted that Nasarawa State is blessed with 2.7 million hectares of land; out of which 1 million hectares is arable and suitable to any form of Agricultural business.
The Governor noted that aside from fertile and abundant land, Nasarawa State isendowed with surplus water from the banks of the Benue River and six other major subsidiaries, as well as dams which are located at strategic locations across the state.
Governor Abdullahi Sule had made an exploratory visit to NIRSAL in Abuja to explainhis administration’s unique approach to developing agriculture, statewide industrialization, creation of jobs and the empowerment of youths in Nasarawa State.
On his part, the Managing Director of NIRSAL Aliyu A. Abdulhameed affirmed that NIRSAL was established by the CBN: Central Bank of Nigeria in 2013 to work with State Governments in identifying and developing Agricultural opportunities through sustainable agribusiness projects that can be financed and where small holders, ordinary
citizens and rural communities are the main beneficiaries.
Governor Abdullahi A. Sule explained that his approach to spur business in Agriculture and catalyze industrialization in Nasarawa State is in perfect harmony with the NIRSAL model of operation, which also speaks to the political economy of states in Nigeria.
His Excellency Engineer Abdullahi Sule stated that as an industrialist from the private sector before he became Governor, he is bringing to bear a realistic concept of “MARKET
LOGIC “to the art of governance in Nasarawa State and his goal is “TO BREAK THE CIRCLE OF PERPETUAL POVERTY ASSOCIATED WITH SUBSISTENCE FARMING IN AGRICULTURE!”
Both Governor Sule and the MD of NIRSAL, Aliyu A. Abdulhameed, regretted the current predicament of post harvest loss where 40% of crop yields in Nigeria get spoilt or are lost due mainly to primitive systems of evacuation of agricultural produce.
NIRSAL thereafter expressed its readiness to work with Engineer Abdullahi A. Sule in his avowed mission and vision to bring to Nasarawa State a new and robust “END TO END APPROACH TO AGRICULTURE BUSINESS WHERE OPPORTUNITIES ARE PUT TO
USE BY YOUTHS OF THE STATE AND GOVERNMENT IN COLLABORATION WITH NIRSAL CAN PROVIDE NECESSARY FINANCE, EQUIPMENT TO FARMERS, LAND FOR FARMINF AND THE TECHNOLOGY REQUIRED TO PROPEL AGRICULTURE TO THE NEXT LEVEL!
At the end of the meeting, Nasarawa State Government led by His Excellency, Engineer Abdullahi A. Sule and NIRSAL led by Alhaji Aliyu A. Abdulhameed resolved to hold a TWO DAY TECHNICAL SESSION in Lafia within the next two weeks so as to Immediately translate these ideas into concrete Agribusiness plans and realistic projects!
Director General: Strategic Communication & Press Affairs
To HE Governor Abdullahi A. Sule
2nd August 2019