Samuel Ortom, the governor of Benue State, officially launched the distribution of improved seeds to the state’s 23 local government areas on Saturday.
Governor Ortom conducted the ceremony at the Makurdi office of the Bureau of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, and he gave the Council Chairmen the responsibility of seeing that the improved seeds are distributed to legitimate farmers for use in this year’s farming season.
6,900 bags of rice, 833 bags of maize, 1,000 tins of watermelon seeds, 333 bags of sorghum, and 11,000 bundles of cassava stems are among the enhanced seeds that have been flagged off for distribution.
Governor Ortom praised the Special Adviser, Barrister Kenneth Achabo, and the Bureau of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs for starting and maintaining the agricultural initiative, adding he was impressed with the outcomes attained in just two years.
He urged the populace to pay attention to the initiative, pointing out that it has contributed financially to strengthening the agriculture sub-sector for food security.
The Governor urged the populace to engage in profitable agriculture, pointing out that the commodity was currently in short supply with just two private investors serving as off-takers in cassava processing as its primary raw material in Makurdi and Ukum.
In order to organize a seminar for farmers on the best methods of cultivating the enhanced seeds to provide the desired result, he gave the Special Adviser on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs specific instructions to coordinate with the Agriculture Departments of Local Governments.
Barrister Kenneth Achabo, Special Adviser for the Bureau of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, earlier praised Governor Ortom for the importance he has given to agriculture.
Hon. Geoffrey Agbatse, a member of the committee, spoke on behalf of the Benue State House of Assembly Standing Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs. He praised Governor Ortom for the rural transformation and urged the local government Chairmen to make sure the seeds are used properly.
Speaking on behalf of the 23 Council Chairmen, the Chairman of the Guma Local Government Council, Dr. Mike Ubah, thanked the Special Adviser on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs for starting the agricultural program in partnership with the State government and guaranteed that the real farmers in the local governments would benefit from the improved seeds.