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.
The Coming Set Of 60 Tractors Is In Fulfillment Of Governor Ortom’s promise To Boost Agriculture In The State — CPS To Gov Ortom
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.
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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.”
Flour Mills Nig. Team In Nasarawa To Establish Crop Processing Zone, Others.
Idris Ahmed, Lafia
Flour Mills Nigeria Plc, has sent a team of experts to Nasarawa State to carry out feasibility study on a land to be used for establishing a multi crop processing zone, as well as for the cultivation of cassava and sugarcane.
Group Managing Director/CEO of the company, Paul Miyonmide Gbededo, disclosed this during a meeting with government officials at the Lafia Government House, on Tuesday.
According to the GMD, a team from the company are in Lafia and ready to move into the land, located in Umaisha, Toto Local Government Area, to carry out feasibility studies on the suitability of the land for the specified projects.
Gbededo explained that the meeting was a follow up on the earlier meeting held in Lagos, when Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, led a delegation on a visit to the corporate headquarters of the company.
The GMD said, his company, being the leading food and agro allied business in the country, is investing in Nasarawa State because the state is agrarian and has lend itself so well to the firm’s philosophy and strategy.
He added that, by reciprocating the visit, Flour Mills Nigeria, meant business and are ready to exploit areas of collaboration with Nasarawa State, stressing that the company is seeking an inclusive development that will yield fruits not only just for the company but also for Nasarawa State and its people.
“The initial discussions that we had in Lagos, we mean it. We mean our desire to look at Nasarawa State and develop processing zone, not just one crop, but multi crop processing zone. So that we can take advantage of synergies that show themselves in the space we want to operate,” the Flour Mills GMD said.
He further disclosed that the company will also look at the out grower scheme, where local farmers will be brought in while the company continues to expand, stressing that it’s important they work with local farmers.
“Because this is not just about Flour Mills, it’s about Nasarawa State as well and the people of Nasarawa State,” he stated.
The GMD said it’s the desire of the company to grow and make Nasarawa State its base.
“We know that we have to act very quickly and that is why we have prepared for this. Members of the team are ready to move in immediately.
“We are not waiting. We have a team here that is ready to move into the land, check all the land, what the conditions of the lands are, the topography of the land, we are ready to start testing the land, knowing whether the land is suitable, what hectarage of the land we will be able to move in quickly and start developing,” he further explained.
Earlier, in an opening remarks, Special Adviser on Investment to the Nasarawa State Governor, Barrister Ibrahim Abdullahi, recalled that at the earlier meeting in Lagos, the Flour Mills Nigeria Plc, mentioned an opportunity to use their investment at the Toto area, as a flag off of establishing a special agro processing zone.
The SA disclosed that following that, Engineer Sule immediately approved for conversation to open with different support groups, specifically, the Islamic Development Bank and African Development Bank, for the establishment of the crop processing zone.
“Out of that meeting, we are also on the verge of achieving double dividends. One, we have the Flour Mills investment, secondly, that also gave us a leeway to start the agro processing zone,” Abdullahi said.
Responding, Engineer Sule, showed appreciation for the company returning the initial visit he led to Lagos, stressing that he knew Flour Mills Nigeria will come to Nasarawa for a mutually beneficial business relationship.
“I wouldn’t have gone to Flour Mills. But I do know that anywhere that Flour Mills goes, you have added value, everywhere you go, you have carried the family with you, everywhere you go, you make your foot print and your presence.
“I am very excited and elated, I am so happy that you have accepted this invitation to be here,”
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