The Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, has promised to train more indigenes on modern agricultural practices and innovation.
This, he said, will enhance conflict resolution, peace and development in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN reports that Mr Lalong made this statement on Tuesday when he visited the Greenhouse Horticulture in Bleiswijk, one of the experimental greenhouses of Wageningen University and Research, in the Netherlands.
The governor, who is part of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s delegation to the European country, said his state has embraced the country’s focus on agriculture as a means of economic diversification.
“My visit to Wageningen University and Research (WUR), gives me the opportunity to learn from experts and researchers in the Netherlands, which is a major food exporting country, second to the United States. It is also an opportunity to see how we can train more Plateau people and encourage those who have gained such international exposure and knowledge to bring their experience home,’’ he said.
Beyond diversification and improving the revenue earnings of the state, the governor said he considered agriculture as a veritable tool to get the ”youth off the street”, amidst the current security situation in North-central.
‘‘We are looking for viable alternatives to resolve the herdsmen/farmers clashes, to ensure food security in the country and we think embracing modern technology in farming will be very helpful,’’ he said.
Mr Lalongs’s administration at the beginning of his tenure made promises to improve the agricultural and rural development fortunes of the state so as to generate jobs and economic opportunities for citizens of the state.