<<< By Tahav Agerzua >>>
A delegation from the International Fund for Agricultural Development, IFAD, led by the Country Program Manager, Atsuko Tudo, has lauded the commitment of Governor Ortom to the success of the programs of the organization in Benue State.
The Program Manager spoke in Abuja during a meeting with the Governor.
She said the reception accorded IFAD and the prompt payment of the counterpart funding of its programs was exceptional adding that the Governor’s personal and constant visits to the project sites was also commendable.
In his response, Governor Ortom sued for assistance in the procurement of tractors to enhance mechanized farming in the state.
The Governor explained that the Government had difficulty procuring tractors due to dwindling revenue and devaluation of the naira hence the need for development partners like IFAD to step in and offer a helping hand.
He said the priority his administration has placed on agriculture explained why for two months at the peak of the farming season Fridays were set aside for civil servants to engage in farming which he said has yielded positive results.
Governor Ortom stated that with the cooperation of security agencies, government has been able to reduce security challenges and reiterated his call for ranching of cattle, saying a bill is currently before the State House of Assembly to prohibit open grazing in the state as a lasting solution to farmers and herders clashes.
He maintained that substantial provision has been made in this year’s budget for dry season farming and assured that his administration would sustain cooperation with international partners for the development of agriculture and other sectors.