In order to checkmate the activities of fraudulent farmers in the state, the state Governor Jonah Jang has devised new strategies to go tough on them and has targeted increased production.
The governor who spoke at the week end in Shendam council of the state, shortly after inspecting facilities at the Agricultural Services and Training Centre (ASTC) in the locality said the move was aimed at strengthening agricultural practice for increased production.
The governor was in the local government area in continuation of his tour of project sites across the three Senatorial zones in the state.
He said: “farmers who hired tractors and other equipment in the past never returned them. Presently, all tractors acquired by past administrations have all disappeared. We won’t allow that anymore”
The governor added that arrangements have been put in place to address the concerns of farmers through the ASTCs established in the three Senatorial zones of the state.
“Each year,we will acquire 100 tractors in each of the three ASTC centres.
“All other farming facilities are now available to the people in these centres. We have the operators and workshops for maintenance.Any one who wishes to make use of these facilities must book as no individdual or group will be given any equipment”.
The governor further disclosed that government intends to approach the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the African Development Bank (ADB) for loan facilities which said will be utilised to meet the needs of the growing farmers population in various locations across the state
The governor therefore urged the people to take advantage of the facilities at the various ASTCs during this year’s ‘farming season adding that everything was being done by his administration to boost food production in the state.
Other projects inspected by the governor during the tour included Jibam Bridge in Pankshin council which has been completed; 12 Km Doemak/Bwall roads in Qua’an Pan council which was still under construction as well Shendam Bridge in Shendam council. Which the contractor said had reached 91 percent completion.