Bello unveils confluence rice, inaugurates agric equipment
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state has unveiled the state’s branded rice called confluence rice and also commissioned agricultural equipment worth several millions of naira to enhance farmers’ productivity in the state.
The governor unveiled the rice and commissioned agricultural equipment recently in Lokoja, while warning local government administrators and political office holders against diversion of agricultural equipment for personal use.
“I will not take it lightly with any administrator of local government who interfere with the management and control of the tractors. The main objective of procuring the tractors is to assist the farmers in the local government to enhance their production. Any attempt to divert the tractors, government will not condone it,” the governor said.
The state governor pointed out that aside the engagement of Public Private Partnership (PPP) in the sector, his administration will continue to assist local farmers and youth who are willing to earn living through agriculture.
Earlier, Kehinde Oloruntoba, commissioner for Agriculture, Kogi State disclosed that the current administration has done a lot to key into the Federal Government agricultural programmes as a way of diversifying the nation’s economy from oil.
He noted that the establishment of 50 tonnes capacity per day of rice mill in Ome, Yagba west local government area of the state will enhance rice production and place Kogi state among the leading rice producers in the country.
Oloruntoba further said that the state has been selected by the Federal Government as one of the six states that will benefit from National Egg Production Programme, adding that 135 people from the state will benefit from the N4.2 million that will be given to each poultry farmer to kick start the initiative.
In his goodwill message, Edward Onoja, chief of staff to the governor, said the state government is already in partnership with investors from Israel for the production of fruit and vegetables, saying the effort will generate over 20,000 jobs for the people of Kogi state.
He stated that the confluence rice will be distributed to all the wards in the state as government gesture for the season.
The agricultural equipment commissioned include 40 tractors, 40 riggers , 40 harrows, 40, ploughs and 1500 power tillers.
Others are 10 boom sprayers, 10 combined harvesters and 10 planters which will be distributed to farmers free except tractors that will be managed by farm instructors in the local government area of the state.
Victoria Nnakiaike, Lokoja
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