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Gombe govt commits to FG’s cotton revival initiative

The Gombe State government is setting its sights on rejuvenating the cotton industry by keying into federal initiatives and leveraging the state’s agricultural potential to drive socio-economic growth.

Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya gave this indication during a meeting with a team from Arise Integrated Industrial Platform led by its Senior Vice President, Jacky Riviere, at the Government House, Gombe. The governor, who commented on the Federal Government’s efforts to rejuvenate Nigeria’s Cotton, Textile, and Garment sector, assured of robust support to facilitate cotton revival in Gombe State, echoing the visionary approach of President Bola Tinubu in that direction. He said with Gombe being a key cotton-producing state alongside its northern counterparts like Katsina, Kaduna, and Zamfara, there’s hope for resurgence and steady off-take and processing of cotton lint and seeds as envisaged by the Federal Government’s cotton revival project. Governor Inuwa emphasised the importance of collaboration with stakeholders such as the National Cotton Association of Nigeria (NACOTAN) to ensure a holistic approach to revitalising the cotton value chain.

He highlighted the potential of engaging farmers in Balanga Local Government and some southern LGAs, which are pivotal areas for cotton production in the state. “Revamping the cotton industry holds promise for addressing unemployment among Nigerian youths and revitalising the economy”, the governor said, highlighting Gombe’s status as one of the highest cotton-producing states and pledged continuous encouragement for cotton farming to maximise benefits.

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