Senator Jeremiah Timbut Useni of the People Democratic Party representing Plateau southern senatorial district has pledged to identify small scale farmers on rice and improve on agricultural productivity
The Senator made the called at Tim Tali Rice Mills in Langtang North Local Government Area of Plateau State while doling out rice seeds and Napsack sprayers to rice farmers drawn from the six LGA of the Southern Senatorial district.
Useni appealed the youths to embrace farming as a profession for self reliance and reduce youth restiveness by contributing positively challenges of food security.
He said the event has indeed marked yet another stride in getting to the newer scientific technology of improved yielding harvest of the most consumable food item in Plateau state, Nigeria and the world over.
“It is of good importance as we gathered here today in readiness of my office efforts aimed at supporting constituents farmers to enhance their agricultural activities,” he stressed.
Senator Useni further said his, “attention was importantly drawn to the area of rice farming, for the fact that farmers within the Southern Senatorial Zone are great farmers and harvesters of the commodity, therefore it is hope that the provision of rice and Napsack sprayers is not only to show my readiness in Support of the farmers but to also emphasized the need to support agricultural activities of becoming more of our individual and collective revenue earner for the state and the country at large.
He stressed hope to continue supporting the farmers, “in line with the Federal and Plateau State Governments Policy of re-invigorating agriculture and in Particular the rice farming.
“The Senator said that his choice of rice farmers in this direction is not that he is neglecting other aspects of harvesting crop, but rather is an encouragement of the rice farmers among others, and shall in due course encourage others as possible as he can.
“It is important to highlight that many of us most significantly our unemployed able youths should embrace farming and its allied as a profession, in supporting not only themselves but doing away with reliance on the Governments for job creations,” he advised.
The Senator urged the Plateau Agricultural development Programme [PADP] and the Association of Nigerian farmers Plateau state chapter, under the State Ministry of Agriculture, to always fashion out advanced scientific method of farming an educate the farmers for better output.
He stressed the need for absolute peaceful co-existence amongst the People of the zone in particular, the state as well as the country in general, saying without peace no meaningful development will, “come our way and we will never ripe the benefits of what so ever we are embarking in life.”
In his message the Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbe represented by Mr. Danok Goodwill Wapdiyal appreciated the Senator’s gesture, which he said will along away in enhancing agriculture in the country.
Similarly, the Plateau State Commissioner of Agric represented by Mr. Lucas Joseph Garba, said the Ministry will continue to explore newer methods that will enhance farmers in the state.
In his remarks State chapter Chairman of Rice farmers Association of Nigeria [RIFAN] Mr. Joshua who responded on behalf of the beneficiaries, also appreciated the Senator