The Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) Plateau State chapter has called on the state government to revive the Shendam Agricultural Services and Training Centre (ASTC), in order to boost the agricultural needs of farmers in the zone.
The Association chairman, Mr. Joshua Bitrus, made this known to NaijaAgroNet, in Shendam Local Council Development Area of the State, explaining that the ASTC was set up by the Governor Jonah Jang-led administration was a good incentive for the agricultural sector.
NaijaAgroNet gathered that the ASTC in Shendam covers the six local governments in the Southern zone that renders partial or skeletal services.
The RIFAN Chairman appealed to the governor to make it operational so that the farmers could enjoy the excellent programmes and ASTC deliver world class services to farmers in the state in an excellent and affordable rate.
Bitrus applauded the State Government for providing 100 tractors in each of the centres, and noted that the ASTC headquarters in Kassa render services to the northern zone and Mangu take charge of the central zone have been operational for the past three years.
“Each of the centres has the same and equal equipment; all the offices are equal; there is no partiality of any kind and we thank government for that. But we are appealing that the Shendam centre be commissioned and be made fully operational like others. I have enjoyed the services and I know how good it is because the tractors worked in my farm for over two weeks and I must confess, it was wonderful,” he said.
NaijaAgroNet further gathered that the Federal Government has been assisting farmers with inputs under Growth Enhancement Scheme (GES) while the ASTC will position Plateau as a state that can produce enough rice to feed the nation.”
Pix: Gov. Jonah Jang of Plateau State