Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has pledged to partner with Feed The Future (FTF) to improve agribusiness in the state. Ortom, who noted that his administration would ensure that the programme succeeded in the state, spoke during the Agribusiness Finance and Investment Summit in Makurdi, organised by Feed the Future, a United States Government’s global hunger and food security initiative. The governor said it was based on improving the programme that he established the Office of Agribusiness in the state, stressing that he would ensure that farmers were adequately trained for enhanced productivity. Dr. Timothy Ijir, the state’s Commissioner of Agriculture and Natural Resources, urged farmers in the state to venture into mechanised farming in order to better their lot. He said farmers would benefit more if they embraced mechanised farming because they would be cultivating on large scale, adding that most of the farming population in the state was using manual labour to cultivate as well as harvest their yields. “Also, some of them farm mainly for subsistence; that is they farm majorly for their family consumption thereby resulting in low productivity as well as low yields. There is need for them to step up their farming activities for their overall good,” he added. Daily Trust
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