A SOCIO-POLITICAL group, Plateau Regeneration Group, yesterday commended Governor Simon Lalong for his efforts at boosting food production in the state and country. The group in a statement jointly signed by Nagelu Garba, its national president, and Pius Hoomen, national secretary, and made available to newsmen in Jos, said “we praise the Lalong administration for his efforts at supporting initiatives aimed at promoting and raising the agricultural profile of the state. “As a group, we have followed Gov Lalong’s five point policy trust which agriculture is key and we hail him for procuring and distributed 777 trucks of fertilisers to farmers in the state for the 2016 farming season, leading to a bumper harvest among farmers and thereby diversifying the economy of Plateau. “We also commend the Lalong-led administration for its commitment in assisting farmers with farm inputs. “Government has sustained this gesture in a variety of ways. For instance, improved seedlings of tomatoes and Irish potatoes were purchased and distributed to farmers at subsidised rates,” he said. “The Lalong administration also took another bold step towards boosting food production by signing a Memorandum of Understanding, MOU, with Greenlands Integrated Agribusiness Limited to set up processing and storage facilities, which includes fruit and vegetable storage facilities, milk packaging plant, swine genetic centre, poultry plant and Integrated (wind and solar power) generating plant. “We also commend the Lalong government for also signing an MOU with SOLBEC Ltd for the resuscitation of abandoned Panyam Fish Farm.” The group also commended the state government for efforts at resuscitating the Fertiliser Blending Plant in Bokkos that was abandoned by successive administrations. “When completed, the plant will boost agricultural production and generate employment for the teeming youths of the state,” it added.