The Oasis Reporters
August 23, 2018
By Moses Gbande
The strategic engagement of Gov Simon Lalong with the Federal government has again attracted empowerment for about 13,000 rice farmers in Plateau State.
The Plateau State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Yakubu Dati stated this while inspecting the distribution of implements and materials from the stores of the Plateau Agricultural Development Programme (PADP) in Jos on August 22, 2018.
Dati said about 6, 670 rice farmers in Plateau State have received seedlings, fertilizers, herbicide, pesticide, water pumping machine and other rice farming inputs from the ongoing Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Anchor Borrower’s Programme of the Federal Government.
According to the Commissioner, the distribution is on-going simultaneously at the PADP stores in Jos, Mangu and Shendam to the benefiting farmers who are mostly women and youths.
He said the programme is aimed at empowering the farmers to boost food production, create employment and reduce youth restiveness.
According to him, ” we applaud the efforts of Gov Simon Lalong for quietly returning the State as the hub of agriculture in the nation, more so with the potato value chain project on-going in the state”
The secretary of the Plateau State chapter of Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) Dauda Aku said the farmers have been receiving their items in the past three weeks at Secretariats of Plateau Agricultural Development Programme (PADP) in Jos, Shendam and Mangu local government areas respectively.
According to him the beneficiaries were drawn from the 17 local government areas of the state.
He said, “6,670 people were approved in 3 geo-political zones of the state and about 36 trucks each loaded with 600 bags of fertilizers were allocated to the rice farmers in the state.”