Lafia - The Nasarawa State Government has expressed its determination to promote cassava production in the state to stem hunger and lessen import dependency.
Gov. Umaru Al-Makura said this on Tuesday in Lafia at the inauguration of the Growth Enhancement Scheme for cassava farmers in the state.
Al-Makura, who was represented by the state Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Alhaji Ahmed Tijjani-Usman, said that his administration would make the cassava value chain development a priority, to encourage increased productivity among farmers in the state.
He also pledged the government’s commitment to providing farmers with the necessary agricultural input to enhance their productivity.
The governor charged beneficiaries of the scheme to live up to expectation, adding that the state government had set aside the sum of N400 million for the procurement of fertiliser.
He said that the commodity would be distributed to farmers at subsidised rate.
In his remarks, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, promised to ensure the provision of high quality cassava stems and fertiliser for farmers in the state.
The state Coordinator of the scheme, Mr Naphtali Dachor, disclosed that 29 redemption centres had been set up in the state, adding that the necessary arrangements had been concluded for the scheme.