On Thursday, Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Alia, the Governor of Benue State, made an announcement regarding his administration’s plan to provide interest-free loans to 27,600 rural women in the state. The governor also flagged off the 2023 fertiliser sale and distribution to farmers in the region, emphasizing the importance of preventing any diversion of the fertiliser.
Governor Alia stated that his administration has procured 100 trucks of inorganic fertiliser, which will be distributed to farmers across all the 23 local government areas of Benue State. This initiative aims to alleviate the economic challenges faced by Nigerians in the agricultural sector.
He said: “For the 2023 farming year, since we are already deep into the season, what we have done is the immediate procurement and distribution of 100 trucks of inorganic fertiliser, amounting to 60,000 bags to be distributed to our farmers in all the 23 local government councils of the state. The number would go up in the future.”
Promising to tackle all forms of criminality in the state, he added, “We are also against those who create fear in our people, including orchestrating false alarms, to make them abandon their farming activities. While we are prepared to defeat the enemies of our state and our people, we solicit your understanding and peaceful co-existence amongst farming communities.”