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Taraba’s Agricultural Revolution: Gov. Agbu Kefas Unveils Tractorization Policy for Food Security

Taraba’s Agricultural Revolution: Gov. Agbu Kefas Unveils Tractorization Policy for Food Security

In a remarkable move towards transforming the agricultural landscape of Taraba State and bolstering national food security, the administration of Dr. Agbu Kefas is set to roll out an ambitious tractorization policy. This groundbreaking initiative aims to revitalize the agricultural sector and combat hunger, not only within Taraba but across the entire nation, signaling a new era of prosperity for the state and the country at large.

Dr. Kefas envisions Taraba State becoming a leading contributor to the nation’s food supply, leveraging its expansive arable land, dedicated farming community, and unwavering commitment from the governor himself.

A long-anticipated collaboration with the Czech Republic, which had been in the works since Dr. Kefas’s tenure as the PDP Chairman, is now on the verge of becoming a reality. The tractor revolution, originally slated to commence during the previous administration, encountered various hurdles that postponed its implementation.

Reflecting on the current state of agriculture in Taraba, Dr. Kefas expressed his dismay at the predominantly subsistence and manual farming practices prevalent in the state. The Tractor Hiring Unit had existed in name only, and the state, often referred to as “Nature’s Gift to the Nation,” was operating at a rudimentary level in terms of agricultural mechanization.

Now, with Dr. Kefas at the helm, one of his first actions was to resurrect the Czech Republic agreement. An important Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed, and today, a high-powered delegation from Taraba State, led by the Speaker of the House of Assembly, is currently in the Czech capital to finalize the acquisition of these essential tractors.

In addition to procuring these modern farming implements, Taraba State will also gain access to the expertise of Czech engineers who will provide training to young people, equipping them with the skills needed to effectively manage these tractors. This multifaceted approach is expected to not only boost agricultural productivity but also create opportunities for the youth in the state, ultimately contributing to economic growth and food security for the nation.

With the tractorization policy on the horizon, Taraba State is poised to become a key player in Nigeria’s journey towards achieving self-sufficiency in food production. Dr. Agbu Kefas’s visionary leadership is set to transform the agricultural landscape, ushering in a new era of prosperity and abundance for the people of Taraba and the entire nation.

Gov. Agbu Kefas Partners With African Development Bank to Boost Agricultural Development

Gov. Agbu Kefas Partners With African Development Bank to Boost Agricultural Development

His Excellency, Dr. Agbu Kefas delivering his speech at the programme organized by AfDB.

His Excellency, Dr. Agbu Kefas delivering his speech at the workshop organized by AfDB.

In a significant step towards realizing Taraba State’s agricultural potential, the Executive Governor, Dr. Agbu Kefas, has forged a collaborative alliance with the African Development Bank (AfDB) during a pivotal workshop on Agro-Industrial Processing Zones held in Abuja.

Governor Kefas, demonstrating unwavering determination, articulated his commitment to revitalizing Taraba State’s agricultural sector through strategic partnerships.

“I believe Taraba State possesses all the essential ingredients for a thriving agricultural sector,” Governor Kefas declared during his address.

“We are blessed with fertile land, dedicated farmers, and a climate conducive to agriculture. It’s high time we leverage these advantages and turn them into economic opportunities for our people.”

H.E Dr. Agbu Kefas alongside H.E Sen. Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, Delegation from Taraba state and others at the AfDB workshop in Abuja.

H.E Dr. Agbu Kefas alongside Bauchi State Governor, H.E Sen. Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, Delegation from Taraba state and others at the AfDB workshop in Abuja.

The Governor was accompanied by a formidable delegation of key government officials. These officials, who play vital roles in the state’s agricultural transformation, include: Barrister Zainab Jalingo, Commissioner of Information and Reorientation, Engr. Naomi Agbu, Commissioner of Energy and Power, Peter George, Commissioner of Trade and Commerce, Professor Nicholas Namessan, Commissioner of Agriculture and Food Security.

The collaboration between Governor Kefas and the AfDB holds immense promise for Taraba State’s agricultural future. With access to international resources and expertise, the state is poised to attract investments, create jobs, and implement sustainable agricultural practices.

As Taraba State embarks on this ambitious journey, one thing is certain and that is the commitment demonstrated by Governor Kefas and his dedicated team of officials paints a picture of a brighter agricultural landscape, one that promises prosperity and progress for both the state and its people.

Seed Distribution: Gov. Ishaku Attends to Victims Affected by Crisis in the State

Seed Distribution: Gov. Ishaku Attends to Victims Affected by Crisis in the State

The Executive Governor, Arch. Darius Dickson Ishaku has flagged off the distribution of seeds by the National Food Security Council Emergency Agricultural Intervention in the state.

The Governor in his remarks said this will go a long way in easing the stress on the victims affected by the crisis.

He said the turn out is impressive and stressed that it is because of the biometric capture of the over 2000 affected people. He said they will be giving the same bags of fertilizers and agro chemicals.

Governor Ishaku said the push for agriculture in his administration has produced a bumper harvest and will strive to consolidate on it and pointed out that he is aware that the driving force of any society is the youths and promised to use his second tenure to empower the youths.

The Governor warned the beneficiaries not to involve themselves in collecting these products and selling them out because he won’t spare anyone found in the act.

He further instructed the security agencies to arrest and prosecute anyone found guilty of the act.

Gov. Ishaku thanked the Federal Government for this gesture and assures them of his esteem regards.

Speaking, the Director General NEMA Maj. JO Aina said this distribution is to assist the communities affected by the crisis with the aim at re-stabilising the affected areas rather than continually giving them food.

He thanked the Governor and the state government for their continued support and assistance since they arrived the state.

The event which took place at the premises of the Taraba State Transportation Company (TSTC) Jalingo had the company of the Deputy Governor, Engr. Haruna Manu; the SSG Hon. Anthony Jellason; the Chief of Staff Rt. Hon. Istifanus Gbana and other top government functionaries.

Gov. Ishaku Flags-Off EU OXFAM PROSELL Project

Gov. Ishaku Flags-Off EU OXFAM PROSELL Project

Governor Darius Ishaku has flagged-off the European Union Support for Nutrition and Resilience Project in Taraba.

Gov. Ishaku delivering his speech at the event.

While welcoming the EU ambassador, Mr. Ketil Karlsen and his team to the State, the Governor disclosed that the impact of the European Union’s support to Taraba is a sign that the State is making progress in the agricultural sector and added that it would have a direct bearing on the farmers and their families.

Governor Ishaku revealed that the Government would not rest on its oars in ensuring the goals of the European Union’s investment is strictly adhered to for most profit.

“This Prosell Project is a welcomed development for us in Taraba and I urge our farmers to seize this opportunity to increase their productivity base through the high yielding seedling that will be distributed to the designated areas earmarked for the take off as the much anticipated opportunity to sell your products through a coordinated channel is ready and available”.

He maintained that the gesture of the EU will further enhance cooperation between the State and the agency in economic growth, food security and environmental development.

The Head of Health Nutrition and Resilience section, Mrs. Montserrat Pantaleoni Giralt who is represnting the European Union Ambassador to Nigeria, keenly observing the made-in Taraba palm oil. One of the revived moribund companies by Gov. Ishaku’s administration.

The European Union ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Ketil Karl

sen represented by the Head of Health Nutrition and Resilience section, Mrs. Montserrat Pantaleoni Giralt noted that the Union was attracted to Taraba having monitored the massive investment of the Government in the agricultural sector.

This she said was followed by deploying an assessment team to the State for proper evaluation of areas earmarked for the pilot scheme.

“The European Union through the OXFAM agency has been able to cover a lot of ground in ensuring food security and profit to farmers from large scale sales. The 10 million Euros set aside for the first phase of the project is available and the other 10 million will come in the long run”.

The project, according to the Union’s country program director Mr. Temitayo Omole, is targeting about fifty percent of women and thirty percent of the youths as they make up the most important group who will be engaged in the pilot scheme.

He revealed that the project would also train about sixty thousand, five hundred extension workers for easy access to the farmers.

The Commissioner of Agriculture, Dr. David Ishaya who is the convener of the project earlier expressed huge optimism in the project and affirmed that the Government would make sure the farmers get the best possible result from the support of the European Union to boost agricultural growth and increase their output from the quality seeds they would be receiving.

Dr. Ishaya commended the Governor for the investment the agricultural sector has enjoyed so far.

Taraba Govt. to Help Farmers Check Rice Import, Boost Food Security

Taraba Govt. to Help Farmers Check Rice Import, Boost Food Security

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.

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.