From Ahmad Ibrahim, Lokoja
In his efforts to boost food production in Kogi State, Governor Yahaya Bello has commissioned 100 tractors and provided some learning and instructional materials to aide farmers and teachers in the state.
Launching the tractors and instructive materials in Lokoja, the governor said the incentives were meant for the farmers, women, youths, teachers and pupils as part of his administration’s efforts to create employment and income for the people of the state.
Governor Bello stressed that the launching of the tractors was not the first of his government’s commitment to boost agriculture in the state, but that such efforts to improve farming in the state commenced in 2017, with provision of farming implements to farmers.
He added further that the government has created cluster value system where group of youths and women farmers are provided with implement, incentives and N2 million each to engage in farming in their community.
“If we must end insecurity in the society , we must educate the young ,the old and empower the youths ,women by providing them the necessary materials or tools”, the governor pointed out.
He therefore advised the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the provided materials in order to achieve the purpose that they were meant for.
In his opening address, the commissioner for local government and chieftaincy affairs, Barrister Salami Ozigi Deedat said the commissioning of the tractors is part of the quest of the administration to identify the basic and fundamental factors that would accelerate the socio-economic development of the landscape of the entire state.
“The distribution of 100 tractors to the 21 local government areas is not only unprecedented in the history of Kogi State but a major revolution in the agricultural sector that has the capacity to guarantee food security in the state”, he said.