The strategic participation of Governor Simon Lalong in Plateau State with the federal government again attracted about 13,000 farmers to grow rice in state.
State Commissioner for Information and Communications Yakubu Dati told about this, having checked the distribution of inventory and materials from the stores of the Plateau Development Program (PADP) in Jos, the state capital.
Dati said that about 6,670 rice farmers in the state received seedlings, fertilizers, a herbicide, a pesticide, a water pump and other rice growing materials from the Federal Government's anchoring program at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
According to the Commissioner, the distribution continues simultaneously in PADP stores in José, Mangu and Shendam for beneficiary farmers, who are mostly women and adolescents.
He said that the program aims to provide farmers with opportunities to increase food production, create jobs and reduce youth.
Secretary of the head of state Plateau from the Association of rice farmers of Nigeria (RIFAN) Daoud Aku said that farmers received their goods during the last three weeks in the Program of Agricultural Development of the Plateau Secretariats (PADP) in the local government districts in José, Shendama and Magune, respectively.
According to him, the beneficiaries were drawn from 17 local state authorities.
He added that "6,670 people were approved in the state's three geopolitical zones and about 36 trucks, each loaded with 600 bags of fertilizer, were allotted to rice farmers in the state."
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