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Ortom gives Benue farmers improved seedlings for food security

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Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has distributed improved seedlings to 9,844 farmers drawn from the 23 local councils of the state.

This is part of his bid to push the state back to its status as the ‘Food Basket of the Nation’.

Flagging off the distribution of the seedlings, courtesy of the Bureau for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, yesterday, in Makurdi, Ortom said the package comprised 230 bags of maize, 4,666 bags of rice, 690 bags of watermelon seeds and 10,000 improved cassava stems.

The governor, who advised Benue people to venture into massive cultivation of watermelon to enhance their income, pointed out that the fruit could be a better money-spinner than most of the crops they usually cultivate.”

THE Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr. Timothy Ijir, disclosed that the seedlings that would be distributed were improved with high germination rate.

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