Plateau to boost wheat farm­ing

Daily Trust - - AGRICULTURE - From Has­san Ibrahim, Jos

Plateau State Com­mis­sioner for Agri­cul­ture and Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment, Mr Steven Barko, has said that the state govern­ment would sup­port wheat farm­ers with in­puts to boost wheat pro­duc­tion in the state.

Barko, who made the pledge dur­ing a field day visit to wheat farms in Jos South and Mangu lo­cal coun­cil ar­eas, said the min­istry would sup­port farm­ers with in­puts, ma­chines and other fa­cil­i­ties and might sink bore­holes for ir­ri­ga­tion dur­ing the dry sea­son farm­ing.

“Plateau was ini­tially not con­sid­ered in the Agri­cul­tural Trans­for­ma­tion Agenda in the area of wheat. We are li­ais­ing with the Federal Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture to en­sure that Plateau wheat farm­ers are in­cluded in the wheat ATA pro­gramme,” he said

Barko, who was rep­re­sented by Daniel Dye­long, stressed that Plateau State has a very good com­par­a­tive ad­van­tage over other states in pro­duc­tion of wheat.

“Our soil can pro­duce it in the dry sea­son as well as in the wet sea­son,’’ Bako said.

He ad­vised the farm­ers to form co­op­er­a­tives and wheat farm­ers as­so­ci­a­tions to en­able them ben­e­fit more from govern­ment, point­ing out that govern­ment pre­ferred to deal with groups than in­di­vid­u­als.

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