OrderPaperToday – Sokoto Governor Aminu Tambuwal has revealed plans by the state government to partner a private firm, Erisco Foods Ltd, to establish a $250m tomato processing plant.

In another development, the governor has urged the Federal Government to concession dams to states that are interested in managing them as such arrangements will make the dams put to better use for the benefit of the people.

Speaking when he inspected irrigation works at the Goronyo Dam in Sokoto, Tambuwal said building the tomato processing factory in the area would allow farmers have their products processed in their localities.

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Tambuwal said it will be economically more viable if states are allowed to manage the dams in their areas since they benefit directly from its resources.

“Almost all the citizens who use the dams for irrigation and other purposes are under the care of the state governments, so it will be economically wise if FG can concession the dams and allow us to manage it,” he said.

Tambuwal, who addressed some farmers and fishermen in Goronyo on the significance of water resources available in the area, said the dam is a great asset to Sokoto state and has played a huge part in boosting farming activities among the local populace.

He said he will specifically request the Federal Government to allow Sokoto continue to handle the operations of the dam.

The Governor also unveiled plans to set up the state commodity marketing board to ensure fair pricing for farmers and their produce as a way of maintaining economic stability for farm produce all year round.

He also restated that efforts are being made by government to increase the farming capacity of the local communities by attracting tractor assembling company to the state.

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