Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong has charged farmers to seize the opportunity presented to them by the Government to enhance agricultural production.
Lalong made the call at the Northern Agricultural Summit in Jos.
He commended the attendance of farmers and stakeholders and maintained that the dialogues of the summit will ensure food security and alleviate poverty in the nation.
According to him, “It is delightful to also note that this conference has in attendance the academia, including crop and livestock farmers and technocrats from the various ministries of agriculture in the north. This hopefully underscores the significance of the summit, with a very strong belief that the quality of discussions will continue to assist us in attaining our set objectives of national food production, security and poverty alleviation.”
The Governor noted that his administration has spent considerable time and energy in reviewing the challenges that had in the past prevented the emergence of the country as the breadbasket of Africa.
He highlighted some of the critical issues of the agricultural sector to be subsistence farming methods, poorly fertile soils due to low fertiliser usage per hectare, inadequate access to the right quality farm input, low technology application, bad agronomy practices, poor road rural network and other vital infrastructure, high prevalence of crop and livestock diseases and inadequate research, low uptake or utilisation of research results, and so on.
He, however, emphasized on the quota of his administration to the state agricultural sector.
In his words, “With due sense of modesty, let me state that within the over three years of being in office, we have re-modeled, supported and enhanced some of our crucial agricultural projects and programmes. Currently, we are sustaining this through harnessing agro-enterprises, where we possess near absolute comparative advantage and collaboration with individuals, firms, and agencies that are professionally reputable.”