Agatu farm­ers re­ceive rice seedlings from group

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Hope Abah, Makurdi

A group known as the Idoma Pro­gres­sives Move­ment (IPM) has do­nated rice seedlings to nine vil­lages in Agatu lo­cal gov­ern­ment area of Benue state which was re­cently rav­aged by sus­pected herds­men.

The group also sup­ported the dev­as­tated farm­ers of the area with her­bi­cides for their farms to cau­tion the ef­fect of their loss.

Leader of the group, Andy Kag­gwa Obeya said dur­ing a brief cer­e­mony in Agatu that the IPM’s role dur­ing and af­ter the con­flict with the herders was to fa­cil­i­tate early recovery for af­fected com­mu­ni­ties since their ma­jor oc­cu­pa­tion is farm­ing.

“As part of the group’s an­nual pro­gram of dis­tribut­ing im­proved seeds to ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties, we de­cided to sup­port the nine most af­fected vil­lages in Agatu with im­proved rice seedlings and her­bi­cides,” he said.

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