Taraba Speaker seeks support for farmers
The Taraba State House of Assembly Speaker, Peter Abel Diah, has urged the Federal Government to make available to farmers relevant farm implements at subsidised rates.Diah, who hosted members of the Senior Executive Course 39 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategy who were on study tour to the state said: “Taraba State has the capacity to feed the country.
“Nigeria as a nation can only fight hunger if we as a government are committed to ensuring that the much needed farm inputs, such as fertilisers, seedlings, tractors and so on are distributed to farmers at the right time.”
He said that the Federal Government should also endeavour to carry farmers along in policy formulations, as that would give them sense of belonging, thereby spurring them to improve in their trade.
The Speaker also implored the government to initiate laws that would address the quantities of teas that would be imported into the country as the state government, through the Highland Tea located in Mambilla Plateau, has the capacity to supply tea to the entire African countries and parts of the globe.
He urged the participating Course 39 members to encourage government at the centre to reopen “cattle roads” and as well educate rural communities across the country on the need for the establishment of ranches before embarking on the exercise so as to forestall skirmishes between the grazers and farmers.
The team leader, Adamu Abbas, said the choice of the state was due to its agricultural potentials, which made it one of the largest food-producing states in the country.