By Modupe Gbadeyanka
Farmers in Kogi State have started getting fertilisers and other agricultural inputs given to them by the state government at subsidised rates.
The Kogi State Government procured about 100 trucks of the products to distribute to the beneficiaries to boost economy of the state.
Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources in the state, Mr Tim Dichie, said at the launch of “Option ‘A’ Road Map (Option Agriculture of Kogi State)” in Lokoja, the state capital that the programme was fashioned out to put Kogi on the rapid developmental pedestal and to realise her potential in agriculture.
He said that 100 trucks of fertiliser were being made available to farmers at subsidised rate of N5,000 per bag.
“Agriculture, which is the best and most viable alternative, must take over from our reliance on the dwindling oil revenue for rapid development, and set the pace for food security.
“It will also generate the much needed youth employment opportunities and empowerment, revenue from farming activities will also serve as the hub for economic growth in the State and nation.
“This event is to officially flag-off the road map for a new vibrant and prosperous state with various agricultural facilities put in place to enhance food security and revenue generation. It will also enhance industrialisation, attract foreign investments and partnership, and reduction of crime rate.
“We should be able to feed ourselves conveniently and also feed other states with the endowment of vast fertile land available in the state,” the Commissioner said.
On his part, Governor Alhaji Yahaya Bello lauded the Commissioner for the giant strides the Ministry had achieved in agriculture so far.
Mr Bello, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mrs Folashade Arike, said the Option ‘A’ Road Map would serve as a blueprint for the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources from 2016 to 2020.
He urged the farmers to make good use of various opportunities available to them in his administration.