He said that before he returned to his post in 2015, Nigerian maize farmers produced just eight million tonnes.
“However, between 2015 and now, production has increased by around 12 million tons, making it 20 million tons,” Abubakar said.
With this development, he said that the production of corn in the country increased, adding that this was achieved through the introduction of farmers to the modern agricultural system.
“They have learned what is called mechanization, from the beginning to the cultivation, through the use of machines,” he said.
Abubakar explained that as many as 500,000 maize farmers had benefited from the Anchor Borrower Programme, adding that as many as 80,000 had benefited from Katsina.
He said the visit to the palace was to seek more support from the emir and also to engage traditional leaders in the anchor borrower program so grassroots farmers could benefit.
In his response, the emir praised the association’s support for Nigerian farmers, asking them to be formidable and not let politicians spoil the programme.
He also advised the association not to allow people of dubious character to infiltrate their ranks and prevent real farmers from benefiting from their activities, especially now that insecurity has become a major threat to farmers in the northeast.