A state from Terver Akase, Chief Press Secretary to the Benue State said, Nine Land Development Sites covering 1,740 hectares have been selected for clearing and preparation for use by farmers in Benue State.
The land clearing is set to commence at the end of the current rainy season.
According to the Statement, Governor Samuel Ortom has declared that the Government will not take over the cleared lands from the original owners.
This initiative is in keeping his promise to boost agriculture in the state.
In a related development, the Ortom administration has concluded arrangements to purchase 60 new tractors for sale to the farmers at a record 60% subsidy.
Recall that in April this year, 50 tractors were sold to the farmers at 60% subsidy. The coming set of 60 tractors is in fulfillment of Governor Ortom’s promise that funds realized from the sale of the first set will be reinvested in buying more units of the machines.
FCTA: Dr. Aliyu Inaugurates Committees On Sales, Distributions Of Agro-chemical Inputs, Charges Them To Work Diligently.
FCT Minister of State, Hon. Dr. Ramatu Tijani Aliyu.
In fulfillment of the Administration’s desire to ensure governance serves the people and to address food security, the FCT Administration has inaugurated two committees on the distribution of grains and committee on the sales of fertilisers and other agro-chemical inputs among others.
While inaugurating the 13-man committees in Abuja, the FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, said the events are in fulfilment of the administration’s desire to ensure that governance serves the people.
A press statement signed by SA Media, Austine Elemue Said the Minister was ably represented by the Senior Special Assistant on Administration and Strategy, Prof. Muhammad Usman, who stated the terms of reference of the committees to includes: “to determine available stock and work out modalities for the sales, and to arrange for the flag-off and subsequent sales of the fertilisers, pesticides and agro-chemicals”.
The Minister equally charged the committee members to work diligently to ensure that the exercise meet its objective, warning that the committees ensure that “grains are released from warehouses, and made available to the residents of the territory in a manner that is free, in a manner that is fair and in a manner that is transparent”.
“I have on behalf of the entire FCT Administration led by Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, the singular honour and privilege to welcome those of you from the Area Councils to this event. This morning activities and events are in fulfillment of the administration’s desire to ensure that governance serves the people and that in the true spirit of democracy, governance should be people’s oriented.
“As you are aware, it is an annual ritual practice, that the administration buys off excess harvest from our farmers, therefore, giving them value for their efforts and labour at the end of the season.
And before the new harvest, when prices naturally on the increase because of reduce supply in the market, the administration releases the buffer stocks to ensure that prices are regulated if not drastically lower, for the benefit of the residents of the territory.
“This morning, in the wisdom of the administration, individuals have been carefully selected to be saddled with the responsibilities of ensuring that the exercise meet its objective. That grains are released from warehouses, and made available to the residents of the territory in a manner that is free, in a manner that is fair and in a manner that is transparent”.
The minister also said that the administration would be counting on the wisdom, and the ability of the committee members to diligently discharge those responsibilities.
Speaking on behalf of the committees, both chairmen of the two committees, Mr. Abdul Agbade, who chairs committee on grains distribution, and Mr. Abubakar Ibrahim, who chairs committee on fertilisers and other agro-chemicals respectively pledged their willingness to deliver on their mandates.
“I want to use this opportunity to thank the Honourable Minister of State FCT for the confidence reposed in us and will not toy with it. We will try as much as possible to discharge our responsibilities with the fear of God and in accordance with our terms of reference.
“Residents of the FCT need to be assisted in this trying times. We are just coming out of COVID-19 pandemic and everybody knows the crisis we are facing in food security. The prices of food stuffs are going up in the market and the people need to be assisted. We will do our best to ensure that these grains are sold to the people in need,” he assured.
Gov Sule Visits 3000 hectares Shabu Integrated Farms, Urges Other Entrepreneurs To Take Cue
Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has urged entrepreneurs and other people interested in agriculture to take a cue from the 3000 hectares Shabu Integrated Farms, owned by the first executive governor of the state, Senator Abdullahi Adamu.
Engineer Sule made the plea shortly after going round the Shabu Integrated Farms, located in Shabu, Agwada Development Area, on Friday.
The Governor who was highly impressed by what he saw on the farm, called on all those who are interested in commercial agriculture to invest in the state, with a view to helping Nasarawa State in the areas of generating employment, as well as revenue.
While congratulating Senator Adamu for the feat, Engineer Sule further commended the former governor for embarking on such elaborate venture, comprising fish farming, banana plantation, yam cultivation, turmeric, ginger, soya beans, as well as maize.
The Governor specifically commended the greenhouses where tomatoes and pepper are being cultivated, describing the facility as comparable to what obtains only in Holland.
“This is an opportunity for other entrepreneurs and other people who are interested in agriculture to help our state because by the time this farm is fully ready for harvest, you will be amazed at the total number of people that will be employed.
“And by the time everything is fully incubated, federal and state government support come to this farm, imagine the kind of revenue the state will also generate,” Engineer Sule stated.
Also commenting, Senator Abdulahi Adamu, thanked the Governor for showing more than ordinary interest in promoting agriculture.
Senator Adamu, who is the Chairman, Senate Committee on Agriculture, expressed satisfaction that within the short period the Governor came into power, he has attracted commercial farmers into the state.
“Only God knows the extent of opportunities that he brought, the opportunities for rural microeconomics that agriculture will impact on the general economy of the state,” the lawmaker said.
Edo: Obaseki’s Agric Revolution Enhances Farmers’ Productivity
Idris Ahmed, Edo.
Over 370 farmers in seven clusters across Edo State have benefitted from the distribution of over 370,000 fingerlings under the state government’s agripreneur programme, as part of deliberate policies by the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led administration aimed at ensuring food security and wealth creation.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security Programme, Prince Joe Okojie, who disclosed this to journalists in Benin City, said the farmers are clustered in different locations in the state, including Oredo, Ikpoba-Okha and Egor local government areas.
He noted that the Obaseki-led government has made a lot of progress in building the capacity of farmers to contribute to the state’s economy, adding: “The state government’s ongoing investments in the agriculture sector are designed to spur agribusiness, agro-processing and other agro-allied sectors in the state. We’re putting mechanisms in place to help boost food production and create wealth by training farmers and supporting them to contribute efficiently to the state’s economy.”
Okojie said some of the fish farmers, who were grouped in clusters, received as much 100, 000 fingerlings, noting: Some of these clusters include the Agricultural Development Agency (ADP) catfish farm for Libya Returnees, 100,000; Ute, 70,000; Temboga, 100,000, and the Iyekoyi fish farm, 100,000, among others”
Highlighting some projects for the fish farmers, Okojie said: “Over 100 Fish ponds (Tarpulin vats) have been constructed including other production infrastructure and equipment such as water boreholes, electrical generators for 50,000 catfish production enterprise with 70mt (fresh weight) of fish expected”
One of the beneficiaries and leader of one of the clusters, Francis Osayi, said the state government supplied 100,000 fingerlings and other forms of support to 24 farmers who are members of his cluster, adding, “I have been in this business for years and this is the first time I am experiencing this kind of initiative by a government; this is laudable.”
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