In order to boost food production in the country, the Plateau State Government said it has procured and distributed 777 trucks of fertilisers to farmers for the 2016 farming season.
Commissioner for Information and Communication, Nazif Muhammad, stated this at a monthly news briefing in Jos.
Nazif said over 400,000 bags were sold to farmers at a subsidised rate.
The commissioner also said apart from the fertiliser, the state government is committed to assisting farmers with farm inputs.
“Governor Lalong has vowed to diversify the economy of Plateau and agriculture is the key. 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.
He added that the state government signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, with Greenlands Integrated Agribusiness Limited to set up processing and storage facilities. “They include fruit and vegetable storage facilities, milk packaging plant, swine genetic centre, poultry plant and integrated (wind and solar power) generation plant.
“Government also signed MoU with SOLBEC Ltd for the resuscitation of the abandoned Panyam Fish Farm.
Also speaking at the occasion, the Commissioner for Commerce and Industries, Ezekiel Daju, said the Fertiliser Blending Plant in Bokkos that was abandoned by successive administrations would soon be resuscitated.
Daju said machines at the plant have been repaired and tested for several hours and they worked efficiently.
He pointed out that when completed the plant will boost agricultural production and generate employment for youths.


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