The Chairman of NNDC - Alh. Bashir Mohammed Dalhatu (Walin Dutse) led a delegation of the Board and Management of the company on a working visit to Songhai-Katsina Initiative Farm on 12th  August, 2016.

The delegation had first paid a courtesy visit to the State Executive Governor, His Excellency Rt. Hon. Aminu Bello Masari (Dallatun Katsina) at the Government House, Katsina and intimated him about the purpose of its visit to the farm.

The Governor applauded NNDC’s initiative for strongly supporting the current drive to diversify the economic fortunes of the North through agriculture. He further commended the efforts so far made by the NNDC Management in oil exploration in the North-East. The Governor welcomed the NNDC delegation to the peaceful atmosphere and serenity of Katsina State and wished it a wonderful experience of the Songhai Farm.

The delegation proceeded to the 500-hectares Songhai-Katsina Development Initiative farm at Makera, Dutsinma Local Government Area. Officials of the farm received the delegation and conducted a guided tour of the project.

The Songhai farming initiative is an advanced farming system that covers all areas of farming. The three core functions of the farm are Agricultural Production, Training and Research. The operations within the Production unit include animal production, crop production, production of bio-energy (biogas), production of simple farm implements, tools and equipment, and production of assorted bread, cakes and juice. In addition, the delegation was impressed by the 100% waste products recycling.

At the end of the guided tour, the NNDC delegation appreciated the operations of the farm which were all encompassing and saw the need for NNDC to replicate its own model of the concept in other states in the North.