By Boluwaji Obahopo
LOKOJA—Kogi State government has concluded plans to establish six farm settlements across the three senatorial districts of the state.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Local Government Affairs, Mr. Abubakar Ohere, disclosed this yesterday, while addressing administrators of the 21 local government councils of the state on the government’s New Agenda blueprint.
Ohere said farmers in the settlements would be encouraged to embark on mechanised farming and provided with extension services to ensure food sufficiency in the state.
According to him, “the proposed farm settlements are being initiated in response to the government’s desire to use agriculture to create jobs and wealth for the youths.
“Farmers that will be engaged under the scheme will also be trained on how to handle simple farming tools. The tools will be fabricated locally to save money and sold to farmers at subsidised rates.”
Ohere disclosed that 252 shear butter farmers selected across the 21 local government areas in the state would be going for a capacity building train-the-trainers workshop in Minna, Niger State, in the next few weeks, as part of efforts by government to make the product a foreign exchange earner.