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Improve Access Roads for Plateau State Farmers to Tackle Food Insecurity – Dr. Haggai Gutap

In a bid to address lingering hunger and exorbitant food prices, the Plateau State Government has reaffirmed its commitment to supporting farmers by improving access roads within farming communities. This initiative aims to encourage large-scale farming and transform Plateau State into a leading agricultural production hub in Nigeria.

Dr. Haggai Gutap, Technical Head of NG-CARES in Plateau State, emphasized this commitment during a tour of project sites within farming communities in the Central Zone of Plateau State. The visit was conducted by the State Cares Coordinating Unit of the Nigeria COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (NG-CARES) Program.

“Our focus is on reducing unemployment, enhancing food security, and improving infrastructure to stimulate economic growth in Plateau State,”

The initiative is designed to help farmers transition from subsistence farming to commercial agriculture, leveraging Plateau State’s favorable weather conditions. “Our vision is to lead in agricultural production. Beyond infrastructure, we are also addressing challenges in education and healthcare, ensuring that schools and hospitals receive the necessary interventions to improve their services,” Dr. Gutap added.

 

Hon. Markus Artu, Transition Committee Chairman for Mangu LGA, praised the initiative, noting its significance for rural communities. “This intervention is timely and crucial. It will open up rural areas, facilitating the transport of agricultural goods to markets and boosting economic activities. Mangu LGA, predominantly an agrarian society, will greatly benefit from improved access roads,” he stated.

The government’s proactive approach and collaboration with stakeholders are central to the project’s success. “We have a leadership that is people-centered and innovative. Dr. Haggai and his team are aligning with the governor’s larger agenda to transform governance and improve livelihoods. This project will make farming an attractive venture, particularly for the youth,” Hon. Artu concluded.

The government’s commitment to fostering collaboration and ensuring efficient project implementation underscores its dedication to driving Plateau State’s economic development and agricultural prosperity.

The Nigeria COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (NG-CARES) program is a World Bank-supported initiative aimed at mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic by supporting communities and improving infrastructure across Nigeria.

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