Plateau state governor Simon Lalong has promised that the state government will support at least 1000 wheat famers with seed, water pumps, fertilizers and other farming inputs at subsidized price to boost production. Governor Lalong disclosed this at the flag off of the 2015-2016 wheat farming season in the state at the headquarters of The Plateau State farming development program in Jos.
Governor Lalong said his decision to subsidize the cost of wheat faming is to enable famers in the state to benefit from the policy initiated by the federal government in that direction.
He added that his administration will also partner with the federal government to ensure the completion of the longer irrigation scheme in Pankshin local government area which has over 100 hectares of farmland for production of wheat and rice. He instruct directors of the Agricultural Development Program PADP to begin a vigorous awareness campaign towards insuring that interested farmers were assisted to facilities of wheat production being made available by his administration. Program manager of PADP Philip Gonab stressed that one of the first action of governor Lalong in office, was the approval of 61 million Naira for rehabilitation of extension service delivery and farming equipments.
The permanent secretary state ministry of Agriculture and rural development Mr Freeman Kum, Director with the ministry at the federal government Daniel Chakuwi and the chairman of wheat association in the state Binkam Binkur all agreed that the governor has the political will to transform the sector. Governor Lalong later presents the first Phase of seeds, water pumps and other farming inputs which he promise will be made available to least a thousand farmers.