Plateau Agricultural and Development Programme, PADP, has organised a pre-season training workshop for farmers as the rainsets in.
The workshop which took place in Pankshin at the weekend had in attendance farmers from the seventeen local governments of the state.
Declaring the event open, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Mrs Lynda Barau expressed the readiness of the present administration in taken agriculture to the next level in the state.
According to her, government is working on some interventions that would boost agricultural production in the state.
‘’We are all aware that for the past eight years, training of this kind was not organised for farmers in this state, and holding it today shows our commitment towards boosting agricultural activities.
‘’We are working on some interventions which will come alongside modern facilities that will help our farmers grow crops and animal alike in the scientific way.
‘’I want to assure you that, the era of siphoning of materials meant for farmers is gone, so each registered farmer will get any intervention meant for them directly; no middle men,’’ she assured.
Also speaking at the event, Management Committee Chairman, Pankshin local government, Mr. Stephen Jings urged farmers to take advantage of the training to better agricultural activities in the state.
He expressed optimism that the present regime at all levels is poised towards developing the agricultural sector with a view to diversifying the economic fortunes of the country.
In his welcome address, Programme Manager of PADP, Mr. Philip Gonap said the training was geared towards preparing farmers for upcoming 2016 farming season.
He added that training would also enable farmers explore modern knowledge in boosting their agricultural activities with a view to making more yields and increasing the revenue profile of the state.
‘’This training is aimed at preparing the minds of our great farmers to the upcoming raining season.
‘’The Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NIMET, in its 2016 prediction announced that this year’s rains will not only start early but will also cease early.
In her remarks, Chairman All Farmers Association in Plateau, Mrs. Sarah Chuwang commended the effort of the present government of Simon Lalong in trying to rejuvenate economic fortunes of the state via agriculture.
Represented by Chairman, Potato Farmers Association, Mr. Emmanuel Shipi, Chuwang added that farmers were ready to cooperate with government in actualising its dreams of improving agricultural activities in the state.