The National Cotton Association of Nigeria (NACOTAN), on Monday, said that its members in Zamfara were ready for the 2020 dry season farming.
Alhaji Sani Dahiru, the State Chairman of the Association, made the disclosure in Gusau while receiving a delegation from the national headquarters of NACOTAN.
Dahiru said that the delegation was in Zamfara to consult with farmers on the 2020 dry season cotton pilot scheme.
While commending the delegation for the visit, he assured of the association’s readiness to start the 2020 dry season cotton farming.
He said that the state chapter of the association would soon mobilise thousands of cotton farmers with a view to ensuring timely preparation for the cultivation.
The chairman commended the agriculture initiatives of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, adding that it would boost the nation’s economy.
He also appreciated the national leadership of NACOTAN led by Mr Anebi Achimogu.
Earlier, the National Treasurer of NACOTAN, Alhaji Abubakar Sadik, who led the delegation, said that the visit was aimed at officially informing the state chapter of the association of the pilot dry season cotton farming slated for November 2020.
Sadik said that eight states had been selected for the pilot scheme.
He said the delegation was impressed by the state’s potential in cotton cultivation as well as the proper coordination of the association’s affairs in Zamfara.
Meanwhile, Dahiru appealed to the State Council of the Radio, Television, Theatre and Art Workers Union of Nigeria (RATTAWU) for support on awareness campaign for cotton farming in the state.
He made the appeal while receiving the state executives of the union, who paid him a courtesy visit.
Dahiru commended the executives for the visit, describing it as timely and a welcome development.
He remarked that cotton farming needed strong partnership with the media, especially in the area of awareness campaign.
“The NACOTAN is in need of support from associations like RATTAWU to enlighten its members on various farming activities.
“As we are all aware, cotton farming has great role to play in promoting the economy of the nation.
“We need support from stakeholders like RATTAWU, to publicise the various programmes that have to do with cotton farming,’’ he said.
RATTAWU, Comrade Ibrahim Bello, remarked that the visit was to strengthen the partnership between his union and NACOTAN in the state.
“As workers in the media industry, we have greater role to play in supporting cotton farming in the state,’’ Bello said.