The Federal Ministry of Agriculture is targeting the creation of about 300,000 jobs in Plateau State, through its Agriculture Mechanisation Scheme.
The Minister for Agriculture, Mr. Sabo Nanono who disclosed this when Gov. Simon Lalong visited his office in Abuja, said the scheme will be partnership with the state government.
A statement Director of Press and Public Affairs to Gov. Lalong, Dr Makut Machan, quoted the minister as saying that Plateau was known for its fertile land for agricultural production, and that the ministry was exploring areas of cooperation, especially in production of potatoes, perishables and dairy which the state had comparative advantage.
The Minister said the programme would take off in 632 local government areas across the country with the target of creating over six million jobs for Nigerians.
The Minister commended Lalong for his passion in the agricultural sector and his role in the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP) to kick start ranching successfully in the state.
Lalong during the visit said his administration was committed to developing the potentials of the agriculture sector in Plateau.
He said the visit was to explore opportunities through the federal government’s new schemes in the sector.
He said the vast and untapped agricultural opportunities in Plateau, required his administration to continuously seek for opportunities to empower its people and make the state a hub for investment in the sector.