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No blueprint for Agric sector in Plateau – Commissioner

Plateau State Commissioner for Agriculture Mrs. Linda Hennang Barau, has said she has not formulated any blueprint to run the Agriculture sector in the state.

Speaking with newsmen in jos, Barau said since she assumed office four months ago, all she had been doing was to collate information as regards the number of  farmers in the state.

Her words, “What the ministry has been battling with all this while is to ascertain the number of farmers in the state before taken any step that would be beneficial to the ministry”, she said.

She was also quoted as saying that in this challenging time experienced hitherto in our economy, it is difficult for the state to run any viable Ministry, saying that explained why Governor Lalong could not appoint his Commissioners on time owing to lack of funds to get the Ministries running.

Political observers said it is however worrisome that since the assumption of office by the Governor Lalong led administration, the Ministry of agriculture in Plateau state which has  enjoyed a full year budget claims it has no blue print or policy direction for the ministry.

Pundits, however appeal to the State and Federal Government through the Minister of Agriculture to carry out a specific survey for proper development of the sector.

Observers are equally not happy that the Agriculture Services Centers, (ASTCs), established by the then government of Jonah Jang have now been reduced to the shadows of itself, there by compelling workers to be idle.

On the issue of the Federal Government pronouncement, ordering the release of some metric tones of grains from the national reserve as intervention mechanisms to the current food crises in the country she declined comment.

“I cannot say anything now, I have no blue print now, even if I have it is for the ministry and not for the public. And if you are aware I am just four months in office and we are too busy and our concern is to know our farmers first. When we are done with that, we will know the next step”.

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