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Government Set Aside N500m For Loans To Assist Local Govt Farmers

The Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, says the state government set aside N500m for loans to assist Local Govt farmers, adding his government would work with officials of the Nigeria union of local government employees to facilitate access to the loan.

Ayade made the pledge in Calabar after he was presented with the “award of excellent performance in governance” by the national president of NULGE, Mr. Ibrahim Khaleel.

The governor, who said the loan was interest-free, pointed out that being workers at the grass-roots level, they needed loans to enhance the agricultural push of the state government.

Ayade, who also gave the union N10m for its journal ‘grassroots mirror’ and confirmed that government set aside N500m for loans to assist Local Govt farmers, said local government workers’ farmers were dear to him, hence his insistence that they should be paid ahead of other government workers.

Earlier, the national president of Nulge, Khaleel, had told the governor that he was in the state to join his colleagues to appeal to the governor to contest the 2019 election.

He said, “the national leadership of Nulge, after a thorough investigation, found that Ayade is a promise keeper and has been working to ensure that local government workers in the state are treated with respect.”

Meanwhile, Harvestfield industries limited says it has embarked on a nationwide farmers awareness programme on how to apply a new product on their crops for effective control of aflatoxin in maize and groundnuts.

This, it said, followed its selection as the private sector partner for commercialisation of aflasafe in nigeria.

According to a statement from the firm, seven technical teams were constituted comprising scientists from international institute for tropical agriculture, federal department of agriculture, national agricultural quarantine services, and partnership for aflotoxin control in africa, as well as agricultural extension officers from state and local governments in the six geopolitical zones of nigeria.

The statement read in part, “agricultural produce is mostly contaminated with aflatoxins which are poisonous chemicals produced by certain mould fungi (aspergillus flavus and parasiticus). The fungi reside in the soil and are prevalent in our environment.

“aflatoxins cause disease such as cancer, hepatitis, suppression of human immunity, low productivity and high mortality rate in livestock and poultry. Maize and groundnuts are infected on the field before and/ or after harvest.”

Posted: August 09, 2019 03:50 pm



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