Plateau Govt. distributes motorcycles to agric. extension officers


 The Plateau Government on Wednesday distributed 22 motorcycles to some agric extension workers in the State.
The Manager, Plateau Agricultural Development Programme (PADP), Mr Philip Gonap, said at the occasion that mobility had been a major set-back for agricultural field officers in state.
He added that movement of extension officers from one point to other to educate farmers on modern farming techniques had been truncated for the past 10 years.
``Mobility has always been a major challenge of field officers in the last 10 years.
``This distribution is timely because it will further boost the capacity of field officers to enhance the dissemination of recommended agricultural technologies across the state.
'``With these motorcycles, extension officers can now move into very remote areas to educate farmers on the dos and donts of modern agricultural practices’’, he said.
Gonap commended the state government for the prompt payment of counterpart funds for agricultural projects in the state.
He also applauded government for making some units of knapsack sprayers available and recently used to train and empower youths.
He, however, urged government to do more in supporting agricultural programmes to enhance food production and also improve the revenue profile of the state. 

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