Nigeria’s minister for agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh flagged-off the distribution of sesame seeds this weekend at Otukpo Odu in Benue State.
Sesame also known as ‘beniseed’ was introduced to farmers’ cooperatives, with over 7,000 members in the locality. A total of 400 bags, each containing five kilograms of sesame, were distributed to the farmers, each in a group of cooperatives.
Also, cassava stems were distributed to some farmers.The cassava stem distribution is implemented by the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP) Nigeria, a World Bank-funded programme in collaboration with the University of Agriculture, Makurdi – UAM and facilitated by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
The farmers were overjoyed at the intervention and called on the Federal Government to intensify mechanization as they are ready to feed the nation.