Kogi state government will soon commence the building of schools,clinics and the provision of other basic infrastructures in areas proposed for it new farm settlement project.
Similarly,the state government has began the process of acquiring farm lands across the 21 local government areas, improved seedlings, implements and putting in place other necessary machinery aimed at boosting the take off of the farm settlement project.
Capt Idris Wada made the disclosure when he received Mr Mike Akpoti, a UK based Agric Expert who is in the state to review the concept of the planed Agric settlement as envisioned by the present administration.
Speaking through the State Deputy governor, Arc Yomi Awoniyi, Captain Idris Wada, reiterated the premium placed on Agriculture by his administration,stressed that it is a priority area that will receive every attention.
As a major strategy towards improving the lives of kogi people and ensuring that indigent farmers who are rural dominated,earn their living through commercial farming, Capt Wada,says the farm settlement idea aims at boosting farming on one hand and increasing the earning power of rural farmers on the other.
The present administration,Capt Wada maintained will build and provide all the needed infrastructures that will encourage rural dwellers appreciate farming and discourage rural urban migration.
The state government, Capt Wada,also disclosed will commence a visit to Kwara and other states who are thriving in Agric farm settlements,to begin a study of the methodology used in their achieving success.
Capt Wada further revealed that the farm settlement project which has both short and long term benefits for the people,underscores his administration’s determination in making kogi the food basket of the nation. Government’s commitment to the farm settlement project, Wada stated is total, is to among other advantages, encourage youths and younger graduates take to farming.
He added that the farm settlements will also engage many jobless youths in the state as well as reduce Youths restiveness.
Capt Wada,said with the rich soil the state is blessed with and the presence of the two major rivers in the state, painstaking efforts will be made by his administration to encourage all year round farming.
In his remarks, Mr Mike Akpoti, the Agric Expert,says the state is better placed to achieving the farm settlement, commended the initiatives of the Capt. Wada’s administration in its efforts at making the project a success.
He added that Kogi state is blessed with arable land,disclosed that with the plans being put in place by the present government,Kogi farmers, he concluded are in for a season of prosperity and improved well being.