BY HEMBADOON ORSAR, Makurdi
Chairman, Benue state council of chiefs, His Majesty Ocivirigh professor James Ayatse has disclosed that his trip to Cape Town in South Afrca as a guest speaker at the African Agri Investment Submit to address the international gathering, is a proactive step towards addressing poverty and unemployment by making agriculture attractive for the youths of the state.
The Paramount ruler who made this known in a media briefing on his visit to south Africa on the 20th to 22nd November 2017 said, the visit will availed him the opportunity to mobilized human and material resources within and outside Nigeria to help train and equip his people especially the youths with modern agricultural practices, for greater output.
“We are going to make agriculture attractive to the youths to stop the practice of rural urban migration by setting up structures to control activities of middlemen so that farmers will have value for their produce, I will ensure that common sense prevail so that our youths can effectively engaged in agriculture, because Benue state stand a chance of feeding the country and beyond
Professor Ayatse further disclosed that he is going to address the summit on the topic, “Driving Economies of Scales to Ensure Sustainability and Competitive in Today’s Farming Environment”
According to him the summit is expected to attract over 600 high level global executives and 1000 visitors from governments banks Financiers, Investors, Project owners, project developers, Commercial farmers and agro- Processing industry to discuss trends that will likely influence and shape food and agribusiness economics over the next decade in Africa.
He enumerated some of the benefits of the South African trip to includes sourcing international funding for Agri- Projects in Agriculture, Networking with international investors, Agribusiness leaders, and African government and as well learning about the latest studies on African Agri- Investment projects.
Ocivirigh Ayatse submitted that he is not satisfy with the peasant agriculture being practice by his people which he said has not take them any where, saying the Tiv Traditional Council under his leadership will partner the state government especially now that the anti open grazing law has been implemented to use the comparative advantage of the state in agriculture to engage the teeming idle youths to create wealth and transformed our communities.