Dr Paul Angya
Farmers and traders of farm produce have been charged to get ready for new regulatory policies in Benue State from 2023.
That was the promise made yesterday to farmers by Dr. Barr. Paul Angya while responding to the cries of farmers during a meeting with Benue State Farmers And Traders Welfare at BCC Layout Tsekucha, Gboko Local Government Area, following an invitation by the group.
According to the front line Benue State 2023 governorship hopeful, the new policies will complement existing ones to drastically improve farming activities as well as the trading of farm produce in Benue State when he becomes the state governor from 2023.
Describing farming as the mainstay of Benue State economy, Dr. Angya disclosed that he has been particularly worried by the plight of farmers and traders and the record of little profit by both.
He explained further that, to achieve his agricultural objectives, there will be establishment of more food storage facilities to curtail waste just as Governor Samuel Ortom’s led Benue State government’s anti-open grazing prohibition law will be sustained, as it is the feasible solution to farmers and herders’ clashes in the state.
In their separate remarks, President of the association, Aza Alaka, Elder Gbamwuan Antior and Amusan Tarnongu, both board members, appreciated the former Director General of SON for not turning down the invitation, saying the association sees him as the only one with policies that will tremendously benefit farmers and farm produce traders in the state. They also promised to relentlessly support the Ute born politician with their large membership across Benue State.
In a similar vein, a member of the association and president of Benue Yam Traders Association, Mr. Bagudu, decried the huge numerous taxes traders of farm produce are subjected, saying the obnoxious practice is responsible for the low profit recorded by farmers and such traders.