Taraba State Government said it is set to assist more local rice farmers to produce enough rice to feed the nation and check huge import bills on rice into the country.
His Excellency, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku.
Governor Darius Ishaku who disclosed this on Sunday at the thanksgiving church service to mark the 80th birthday celebration of the Chief of Donga, Dr. Stephen Bayonga said the State Government has so far assisted 17,000 rice farmers in the past two years.
“We held a meeting with the Federal Government over the high import bills on rice and we all agreed to work hard to stop the importation of rice into the country.
“Taraba alone can feed the nation with rice and cut the N800bn being spent yearly on rice import. So, I want to call on the people of the State to return to farming.
“On our part, we are poised to assist more rice farmers to produce enough rice to feed the nation, boost economy and check poverty,” he said.
The governor congratulated the Gara of Donga for clocking 80 years and prayed God to grant him good health and wisdom to rule.
In his remarks, the celebrant, The Gara of Donga, Dr. Stephen Bayonga thanked God for sparing his life to see his 80th birthday and appreciated the people who turned out to celebrate with him.
Bayonga called on the Governor to consider the construction of the Donga – Mararaba road to ease movement of people and for economic growth of the area.
Resident Pastor of CRC-N Donga, Rev. Enoch Aboki in his sermon enjoined the people to always appreciate God and never forget the good things God has done in their lives.
Rev. Aboki called on the Governor to deal with the security situation in the area especially in kidnapping and armed robbery.
Taraba government to distribute 130 Tractors to Farmers in the state
The Taraba State Government is set to distribute 130 tractors to farmers in pursuance of agricultural mechanization and to boost food production.
The Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr. David Ishaya disclosed this in an interview with our correspondent on Wednesday in Jalingo.
Dr. Ishaya who said one of the major problems facing farmers in the State was mechanization, noted that the Government was poised to tackle the challenge to enable Taraba farmers produce enough food for the country.
“Apart from the 30 tractors the Governor inaugurated yesterday, we have procured 100 units of mini tractors for smallholder farmers and we will soon distribute them to farmers.
“The tractors are to be given to cooperative societies across the 16 Local Government Areas of the State. Presently, we are working on modalities for the distribution.
“We have decided to deal directly with farmers instead of using the Tractor Hiring Agency which has failed to meet the needs of the people.
“Government is going to subsidize the tractors for farmers who are going to own them and the money accrued from the tractors will be used to procure more of the tractors and for routine maintenance,” he said.
The Commissioner who said 90 percent of the people of the State are farmers noted that the Government was determined to support farmers to produce food enough to check food scarcity.
Ishaya also noted that apart from supporting farmers to produce stable crops, the State Government was encouraging and supporting farmers to produce cash crops to boost the State economy.
Taraba Agric. Commissioner Receives Stewardship and Integrity Award
The Taraba State Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr David Ishaya Kassa has been presented with the 2018 Integrity Stewardship Award by the Centre for Save and Serve Humanity Organization, an organization which is into the fight against corruption, mal-administration and moral bankruptcy of political and public servants.
The commissioner was presented with a medal and a certificate today, Monday at his office in Jalingo by the Executive Director of the organization, Comrade Oyibo A. Abraham, in a ceremony that was witnessed by officials of the ministry.
Represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Kassa, a veterinary doctor, expressed his joy for the award and dedicated it to Gov. Darius Ishaku for creating a platform for him to serve.
He stated that one of the achievements of the administration was the establishment of the 15 hectare greenhouse that has started producing vegetables which is now sold in malls in big cities across the country. He boasted by saying that since the creation of the State, it was only last year that fertiliser arrived before the raining season. He therefore, added that the award would spur him to do more and that Integrity would be his watchword.
In his speech, the Executive Director of the organization, Oyibo A. Abraham, stated that the Commissioner did not make a mistake in accepting the position as he was able to build on the federal and state government agenda in agriculture.
“We also gathered with great delight in terms of your performance such as: display of ethical leadership, developmental policy performance, public accessibility, servicom compliance, commitment to state government transformation agenda, attitude against corruption and obedience to the rule of law”, he stated.
Abraham then disclosed the criteria his organization used in judging the Commissioner. According to him;
“having satisfied with the report of the said assessment exercise conducted using opinion polls, questionnarre, interviews with informants and opinion sampling, field assessment, report writing, comments and vote on social media on your activities and performance in our society,we are left with no option than proclaiming you today with the title ” Service Ambassador” and presentation of this award “Certificate of Integrity Stewardship”.
The Governor of Taraba state, Àrc. Darius Dickson Ishaku, today inspected the progress of work at the Taraba Greenhouse project which is at completion level.
Speaking to Government House Press Crew, Governor Darius Ishaku revealed that the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osibanjo is billed to come and commission the multi-billion naira project, strictly established for producing fresh vegetables for the state and the country in general.
Darius Ishaku stated that the inspection was to begin early preparation for the visit of the Acting President Professor Yemi Osibanjo which has been fixed for the 10th of August and to quickly kick-start early preparation so that all that would be needed during his visit would be readily put in place.
He disclosed that the Greenhouse project which is the first of its kind in North East region will be commissioned by the Acting President and some roads that were constructed by the present administration.
Also inspected today by Governor Darius Ishaku was the Roadblock to Kona road which is a dual carriageway and expressed satisfaction with the two projects and stressed that, effort will be made to effectively complete the remaining works which are mostly at finishing touches before the due date for the commissioning.
Governor Darius Ishaku was conducted round the Greenhouse project by the project engineer who doubles as the supervisor, Mr. Gill Navon in company of the Commissioners of Water Resources, Barr. Emmanuel Halan Gowon and that of Agriculture, Dr. David Ishaya Kassa.
Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku has advocated for improved policing in the country. The Governor stated this while answering questions from newsmen in Kaduna State, on the backdrop of the recent crisis on the Mambilla plateau.
He said the number of Police personnel in the country is grossly inadequate to curtail crisis. Governor Ishaku commended the Federal Government for their swift response to the Mambilla crises urging them to maintain the spirit.
The Governor stressed that he has inaugurated two committees to sensitize farmers and cattle rearers on the Mambilla plateau and called on the people of the area to support him.
He maintained that the economic viability of the area cannot be toyed with, hence the need for synergy towards the maintenance of peace for development to thrive. Governor Ishaku emphasized that ranching remains the only option for farmers and cattle rearers to live in peace and harmony and in turn boost their revenue base.
Taraba Governor, Arch. Darius Dickson Ishaku yesterday presented rice threshers, rice milling machines and automated tomato packaging machines to Taraba farmers to boost farming activities in the State.
Gov. Ishaku while presenting the empowerment tools as well as wheelchairs to the disabled people in the State at the Jolly Nyame Stadium in Jalingo said the gesture was aimed at making Taraba people self reliant.
According to him, his administration in the past two years have done a lot in Water Education, Agriculture and Health sectors.
He announced that soon daily flight operations will commence at the Jalingo Airport, lifting at least one ton of produce from the Taraba Green House Farm in Jalingo to Lagos and Abuja.
The Governor who said over 12,000 people in the State were doing well in dry season farming noted that the State has the capacity to meet the rice demand of Nigeria, urging the Federal Government to assist the State in that regard.
While urging the people of the State to live in peace and unity with one another, the Governor called for support and understanding from the people to enable him deliver on his campaign promises.
Ishaku noted that the State would have witnessed more development in other sectors of the economy if not for the numerous litigations his administration was subjected to after the elections.
“It is work in progress and at the end of four years, Tarabans would appreciate more the successes of the Rescue Mission programme in the State,” he said.