From odeh OgajiJalingo.
The Taraba State Governor, Dr Kefas Agbu has flagged off distribution of assorted fertilizers and other farm inputs to Taraba farmers to boost Agriculture in the state.
Speaking during the distribution which took place at the state Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security premises in Jalingo, the state capital, the governor said his administration has made a deliberate policy to empower farmers to boost food production in the state.
The governor who was represented by the Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Security, Professor Nicholas Oliver, said 49,000 bags of fertilizer had been purchased by the state government, adding that distribution will be done symbolically while awaiting general distribution by the committee later on arrival.
The governor, however expressed regret over the late arrival of the commodities.
Speaking on behalf of his ministry, the commissioner commended Governor Agbu for his selfless service to Taraba citizens and urged Tarabans to be patient with him.
The commissioner called on Tarabans to use the fertilizer for dry season farming as Taraba is already blessed with all around season farming.
Responding on behalf of Taraba farmers,
Mr. Tanko Bobo acknowledged the governor’s gesture and love for the citizens, saying he is already living up to his words.
Mr. Bobo said farmers in the state will use the commodities to boost their farm produce to ensure food security in Taraba and the region as a whole.
Mr. Tanko called on the Taraba State Government to purchase farm produce from farmers in the state.
The ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Mallam Sale Sa’ad, in his vote of thanks, expressed happiness with Governor Agbu for his proactive steps towards boosting farming activities by giving free fertilizer to farmers and pledged his continuous support to the ministry, saying Governor Agbo is a true servant who has great love for Taraba State.
Mallam Sa’ad further charged the committee handling distribution of the commodities to be transparent and deal with only farmers as government will not hesitate to deal with those who will engage in any form of sharp practices, saying government has made the commodities free of charge.