PLATEAU State is blessed with a
fertile land and a very accommodating
weather while over 55 percent of the
state population is into farming. Plateau
is also unique in agriculture, because
every crop can be grown in the state. But
not every crop grown in Plateau can be
farmed in other states. On assumption
of office on May 29th, 2015, the state
governor, Simon Lalong, vowed to
support farmers in the state in order to
boost food production in the state ,
The governor also said he came to
power at a time when the mono economy
nature of the country was going through
recession and as against this background
the state government has no choice but
to look beyond the oil by exploring other
potential sources of revenue through
agriculture. He had in several occasion
called on citizens of the state to embrace
farming and most citizens who had
abandoned their farmlands in the past
during the oil boom returned to it.
The governor also recently distributed
bags of fertilisers to farmers in the
seventeen local government of the
state at a subsidised rate Crops grown
in Plateau include Irish potatoes,
vegetables, rice, yam, maize tomatoes,
cotton, sweet potatoes, amongst other
crops. To boost food production in the
country , the Plateau state government
had earlier this year procured and
distributed 777 trucks of fertilisers to
farmers for the 2016 farming season.
Commissioner for Information and
Communication in the state, Hon Nazif
Muhammad, stated this at a monthly
news briefing in Jos the state capital.
Nazif said that the figure translated
to over 400, 000 bags that were sold to
farmers at a subsidised rate.
The commissioner also said that apart
from the fertiliser, the state government
was committed to assisting farmers
with farm inputs. “Governor Lalong has
vowed to diversify the economy of Plateau
and Agriculture is key. Government has
sustained this gesture in a variety of ways;
for instance, improve seedlings of tomatoes
and Irish potatoes were purchased and
distributed to farmers at subsidised rates,”
he said.
He further said that the state
government has signed Memorandum of
Understanding (MOU) with Greenlands
Integrated Agribusiness Limited to set up
processing and storage facilities. In his
words “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 abandoned Panyam Fish
Farm.
Also speaking at the occasion, Hon
Ezekiel Daju, Commissioner for Commerce
and Industries, said that the Fertiliser
Blending Plant in Bokkos that was
abandoned by successive administration
would soon be resuscitated. Daju said
that the machines at the plant had been
repaired and tested for several hours and
they worked efficiently. He pointed out
that when completed the plant would
boost agricultural production and generate
employment for the teeming youths of the
state.
Recently, the state government while
speaking in Ajikamai, Shendam Local
Government area of the state during the
flagging off of fadama 111 rice production
disclosed that the state will harvest 6,975
metric tonnes of rice in the 2016 cropping
session. This is a giant stride towards
attaining food sufficient not only in Plateau
but the country in general. Gov Lalong
said the state minstry of agriculture in
conjunction with Fadama 111 project had
distributed rice seeds to 1395 beneficiaries
that translated to the cultivation of 1,395
hectares put together.
A tomato farmer in Plateau who gave
his name as Katlong Lazarus told our
correspondent that so many citizens of the
state embraced farming this session and
predicted that there would be enough food
for citizens of the state soon.
Speaking recently, the management
committee chairman of Langtang North
LGA of Plateau State, Hon Dan Dul, has
predicted that there would be bumper
harvest of crops and grains in the LGA and
state this farming session because most
citizens of the LGA went into farming.
Speaking to newsmen in Jos, Dul said,
“our people now go into farming not for
leisure but has taken the professional as
business. Our people have come to realise
that it goes beyond farming just to get
what to eat.
“Our state governor Simon Lalong
has placed a high premium on the
development of the agricultural sector
and also supported farmers this year by
providing fertiliser to them at a subsided price. Some months ago , the state
government distributed assorted
fertiliser to farmers. Plateau is blessed
with a rich soil and we also believe that
with governments determination , our
citizens will be able to produce enough
food to feed ourselves and the country
at large.
“Our governor encouraged citizens
to go into farming in Plateau and our
people embraced it. Gov Lalong has
promised to turn around the economic
fortunes of the state through harnessing
of its huge agricultural potential.
In a related manner, Mr Nicholas
Vongsing, the management committee
chairman of Langtang South told our
correspondent that the relative peace
been enjoyed in the state made lots of
citizens go into farming without fear
of intimidation or been attacked, our
people went into farming and we expect
the we would have bumper harvest
this session. He however appealed to
the Federal and state government to
come to their rescue by repairing some
of the roads in his locality in order to
have farmers transport their crops to the
market easily.
It could also be recalled that the
state Governor, Simon Lalong was
recently quoted to have said the state
will begin exporting rice by next year.
Lalong said this while fielding questions
from State House correspondents at the
Presidential Villa, Abuja, last Thursday
shortly after meeting with President
Muhammadu Buhari.
The governor said Plateau was
competing with Kebbi in the area of
rice production, adding that this would
boost the economy in the long run.
“Plateau and Kebbi are now competing
in rice production and by next year, we
will start exporting rice from Plateau,”
he said.
He was also quoted to have said
“The President is always excited when
you talk about agriculture, and the
President developed a special interest in
Plateau and other states that are already
diversifying from oil into agriculture. In
my state, we have put a lot of effort into
agriculture. So, I came to give him an
update on what we are doing and also
seeking intervention in the area of solid
minerals.”
He also said that the State was no
longer in crisis. “In the past, you had
places where Christians couldn’t go and
places where Muslims didn’t go but
right now, they have forgotten that Jos
was once like that. We encouraged our
people to go into farming and our people
did that wonderfully this session and we
gave them the necessary support.
Alex Malunga, a citizen of Plateau
State said people went into farming more
this session because of the recession and
they are now aware that their is no more
time for free money. He praised the state
governor for encouraging the people
to go into farming and for the prompt
distribution of subsided fertilizers and
seedlings to farmers in the state

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