From PALANG KASMI, Abuja
The Minister for Agriculture, Hon. Sabo Sani Nanono has promised to partner with the Plateau State Government in its agricultural mechanization scheme, which would create employment to about 300 thousand people.
The Minister disclosed this when Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau State paid him a courtesy visit in his office at the Federal Capital Development Authority ,(FCDA), Abuja.
The Minister said “Plateau state is known for being a very fertile ground for agricultural production; we are exploring areas of cooperation, especially in production of potatoes, perishable products and dairy production which can be exported to other countries.
“We are going to undertake agricultural merchandise station in every Local Government Area of the federation and Plateau is one of them. And at every state, we will employ 300 thousand people for this scheme, and this will create employment opportunities and about 6 Million jobs for many Nigerians”.
While commending the Governor for his role in ensuring the ranching process is ongoing on the Plateau, the Minister said under the agricultural mechanization scheme, Plateau State is among other states that would benefit.
“I will support ranching and dairy production in the state, for national development”, Nanono said.
Also speaking at the forum, Gov. Lalong who is the Chairman, Northern Governors Forum (NGF), said he was hopeful that the outcome of the meeting would be fruitful and bring meaningful development to Plateau state, the Middle Belt region and the 19 Northern states.
“I am passionate about agriculture and there are new developments and mechanized systems of agriculture which we must tap if we are to advance to greater levels” the NGF Chairman said.