By Olawale Ibrahim , Lokoja
As part of its efforts to boost Agriculture and Education in Kogi state, the state governor, Yahaya Bello has inaugurated 100 tractors and some learning or instructional materials to aide farmers and teachers in the state.
While inaugurating the tractors and Instructional learning materials on Wednesday, the governor said the incentives were meant for the farmers, women youths, teachers, and pupils as part of their efforts to create employment and income for the people of the state.
He explained that the launching of the tractors was not the first of his administrative commitment to boost agriculture in the state, stressing that such efforts to improve farming in the state commenced in 2017 and 2018 with the provision of farming implements to farmers.
The governor added further that the government has created cluster value system through Agro-Processing Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support APPEALS where group of youth and women farmers are provided with implement, incentives and N2million each to engage in farming in their community.
“If we must end insecurity in the society, we must educate the young, the old and empower the youths, and women by providing them the necessary materials or tools”, he said.
He, therefore, advised the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the provided materials in order to achieve the purpose that they were meant for.
Earlier in his remarks, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Salami Ozigi Deedat said the commissioning of the tractors is part of the quest of the administration to identify the basic and fundamental factors that will accelerate the socio-economic development of the landscape of the entire Kogi.
“The distribution of 100 tractors to the 21 local government areas is not only unprecedented in the history of Kogi but a major revolution in the agricultural sector that has the capacity to guarantee food security in the state”, he said.