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  • Updated: June 11, 2024

Plateau IDPs get 6,000 hectares of cultivated land

Plateau IDPs get 6,000 hectares of cultivated land

As part of efforts by the Plateau Government to resettle communities displaced by crisis across the state, cultivation of 6,000 hectares of land for the upcoming farming season has commenced.

Commissioner of Agriculture, Samson Bugama on Tuesday, stated this while flagging off the cultivation of six thousand hectares of land particularly for displaced communities in the state, held in Mangu LGA.

Bugama said the intervention, tagged, ‘Mechanisation Service Provision Intervention’, was targeted at communities affected by unrest and cluster groups across the state.

“Today we will be engaging the field, you can see the tractors are ready and so also all the staff of the Agric Training Service Centre and Marketing Ltd (ASTC) are equally ready.

“The strategy is to be able to see how we can provide mechanisation services to communities that have been displaced in our quest to see how we return people to their livelihoods that the crisis has taken out of the place they understand and do business.

“Governor Caleb Mutfwang in his magnanimity has decided that we engage about six thousand hectares of land, we will see how we can exceed six thousand hectares across the state.

“And we will be providing seeds for those places that have been cultivated; so that we will see how we will bring bumper harvest as we return people to their livelihoods,” he explained.

“Our priority is to start with communities that are displaced. But as much as resources allow us, we will be able to extend to the other communities; but our major goal is the resettlement of displaced communities to their livelihoods,” he added.

On the safety of the farmers and their crops, Bugama said, “As you can see now we have the Agro-Rangers with us, and in those communities, they have self-help groups that they have set up, that give early warning signals for those kinds situations, that we are going to utilise.

“This time around, we are going to ensure that the government’s intervention is not wasted, we are setting up a monitoring system, where we use modern technology to check incursions into such communities and we will see how we improve the system moving forward."

 

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