More than 5,000
Garga told the farmers to see the farm imputs provided as opportunity to not only provide employment but boost the local production and processing of cotton in the country.
He stressed that off-takers have already been provided and warned against selling the imputs or selling the harvested cotton to anyone other than the designated off takers for the state.
“If you care for your farm properly, every hectare will produce between one and half to two tonnes and the cotton will be bought at N 210, 000 per tonne,” he said.
Mrs. Helen Temtsen from the Development Finance Office of CBN Jos, said cotton was the third commodity in Plateau State to join the anchor borrower programme after rice and maize and reminded the farmers that the loan carries a nine per cent interest and payable after 12 months.
Earlier, the Acting Programme Manager of Plateau Agricultural Development Programme, Luka Kefas, said it will offer technical advice and extension
Kefas advised them to either burn or bury the cotton stalks
While flagging off the distribution, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, who was represented by the Director Agricultural Services, Helen Gontur said the state government has provided land for cotton farmers in Garga, Kanam LGA to ensure they work in clusters for easy monitoring while other local governments will also be keyed into similar opportunities.
Source: Daily Trust