Kogi To Establish Six Farm Settlements
The Kogi State government has concluded plans to establish six farm settlements in its three senatorial districts.
Special Adviser to Governor Yahaya Bello on Local Government Affairs, Mr. Abubakar Ohere, spoke yesterday while addressing administrators of the 21 local governments on the government’s New Agenda.
Ohere said farmers in the settlements would be encouraged to embark on mechanised farming, and provided with extension services to ensure food sufficiency.
“The proposed farm settlements are being initiated in response to the government’s desire to use agriculture to create jobs and wealth for youths.
“Farmers will be trained on how to handle simple farming tools and the tools will be fabricated locally to save money and sold to farmers at subsidised rates.”
Ohere added that 252 shea butter farmers, selected across the 21 councils, will attend a capacity-building train-the-trainers workshop in Minna in few weeks as part of efforts by the government to make the product a foreign exchange earner.