Vast Resource Base
Jigawa enjoys a fair share of all the major natural climatic conditions for agricultural development – land, vegetation, water and sunshine-but production remains at the subsistence level and the vast opportunities that abound remain untapped.
Approximately 1.9 million hectares –constituting more than 80% of the State’s total land area- are estimated to be cultivatable during the rainy season. More than 60% is lying fallow.
The Fadama lands [flood plains] are estimated to cover nearly 400,000 ha [more than 16% of land mass] stretching for more than 150 Km from Zakirai, a border town in Kano through Ringim, Auyo, Hadejia and Kirikassama to Nguru in Yobe State. It is estimated that less than 10% of the total Fadama lands is being utilized.
Nearly 15% [or 285,000 ha] of the State’s arable land is irrigable although less than 50,000 ha are cultivated. There are 20 major irrigation schemes and 14 borehole-based irrigation schemes in the State. Some of these schemes are located in the Fadama areas. The Hadejia Valley Project which consists of a vast expanse of irrigable fertile Fadama land covering over 10,000 hectares is one of the State’s greatest agricultural potentials waiting to be explored.
There are over 50 grazing reserves scattered across the State. This offers an opportunity for investors to enter into long term lease agreement for the utilization of these reserves as animal ranches or large scale poultry farms. Most of the reserves are linked with all-weather roads and are close to the national power grid with mobile phone network coverage.
Unique and Strategic Location
Jigawa State’s geographic location is both unique and strategic: It is a vital transit point and trade route between the crop producing North West and the livestock-rich North East Nigeria.
Its proximity to Kano city, Nigeria’s second largest city and industrial centre, provides enormous opportunities for local producers of agricultural raw materials to feed Kano-based agro-processing enterprises. Its border with Niger Republic provides enormous opportunities for regional and cross border trade with neighbouring countries in North, Central and West Africa.
The development of a tax free Export Processing Zone at Maigatari near the border with Niger Republic provides opportunities for the investor to tap a potentially huge market of over 300 million people.
The EPZ is envisaged to cover a total of 6.5 square kilometres with robust and modern infrastructure to support light and medium manufacturing enterprises targeting the export market
There is a strong commitment to infrastructure development in Jigawa State. There are over 2,000 kilometers of high quality, all season roads linking towns and villages across the State and improving the ability of businesses to access regional markets in Northern Nigeria. The State has invested in the construction of a modern airport, suitable for both cargo and passenger transportation. An existing rail line links the State with the Northern Nigeria’s commercial towns of Kano and Kaduna and even more strategically with Nigeria’s largest sea port located in Lagos.
Favourable Investment Climate
There is a strong political will in support of development initiatives, partnerships and sustaining investor friendly policies. The State has proactively pursued policies and programmes to strengthen public sector institutions and make them function more efficiently.
Jigawa has a conducive and progressive regulatory environment for business and was Nigeria’s best among the 36 States and the Federal Capital Territory in ease of doing business according to the World Bank Doing Business Report .Specifically the land administration system was simplified and made easier for investors to acquire a building permit in 47 days, compared to Nigeria’s average of 350 days.
Jigawa thus ranked 6 amongst 183 countries compared to Nigeria’s ranking of 167! Jigawa has enjoyed peace, security, low crime rate and absence of communal strife such as youth restiveness, thuggery and vandalism in the State; there can be no better attraction to foreign or domestic capital