By James Ibechi
Farmers in Obi LGA of Benue State have recently benefited from palm seedlings and plantain stalks as a way of reducing food insecurity in the council and the state at large.
Chairman of the council , Hon. Joseph Ipenyi said his administration had distributed in particular the procured 10 000 palm seedlings and 10 000 plantain stalks free of charge to the farmers at Obarike Ito, the headquarters of the Council.
Hon Ipenyi disclosed that his administration had also engaged the service of a Professor of Agronomy from the Ahmedu Bello University, Zaria, to train farmers in the council on the use of agrochemicals for healthy plantations in order to boost production of crops.
He said that five male youths and one female would be selected from each of the 12 council wards of the LGA to be trained who will in turn train the generality of the farmers in the council wards.
“The training covers the planting of these palm seedlings and plantain stalks as well as the other crops,” he said.
The Ipenyi-led caretaker committee administration of the council took off not long ago with a promise to reclaim the agricultural glory of the area, among other pledges.