The incumbent Governor of Gombe State, Inuwa Yahaya has come out to say that the state has the largest grazing reserve in Africa.
Yahaya stated this on Friday, 5th February, 2021, when the Minister of Agriculture, Mustapha Shehuri visited him at the Government House.
He said, “We are blessed with the Dadinkowa dam, blessed with the Balanga dam, and the Cham dam and the other water body coast of River Gongola, makes the state a very viable one for agricultural purposes.
“On top of that, we have the largest grazing reserve in the whole of Africa, the Wawa Zange grazing reserve which is 144,000 hectares.”
The governor urged the Federal Government to partner with the state since the state is facing more challenges considering its geographical location.
“That has brought a lot of stress on our resources; agricultural, healthcare, infrastructure, water supply and so on. That has made us very vulnerable and we need the support of the federal ministry of agriculture and all the federal ministries, departments and agencies for us to continue to shoulder that responsibility of displaced people and sustain the means of livelihood of our people. Seventy-five or 80 percent of our people are peasant farmers with a population of about 3.5 million people,” the governor said.
The Minister was in the state to inaugurate agricultural input to smallholder farmers of 14 crops to reduce the effects of covid 19, especially for women in line with the National Gender Action Plan and Policies at ensuring more opportunities for women.