Blight disease destroys Irish potato farms in Plateau

The Plateau State government says it has approved the sum of N68 Million as counterpart fund for potato production.

In the wake of the destruction of Irish potato farms by the blight disease, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Jos, Hayward Mafuyai, has offered to partner with the Plateau State Government to tackle the disease that has allegedly destroyed over 1000 hectares of Irish potato farms.

The vice chancellor stated this on Monday, while declaring open a one-day stakeholders’ forum on potato production in Plateau State; particularly on the current challenges facing potato farmers.

Mr. Mafuyai said that the collaboration became imperative in order to fight the scourge whose devastating effect has taken a downturn on Plateau economy.

The don was represented at the event by the Director, Office of Research and Development, ORD, Pam Dung-Sha.

Mr. Mafuyai said the “University of Jos was concerned because of the adverse effect it has brought on the people.

“Farmers are witnessing low yields, consumers are taking poor quality products and the low output has led to reduced supply to domestic and some markets in West African region.”

According to the vice chancellor, participants at the forum are expected “to generate ideas and provide scientific and professional advice to Plateau Government and potato farmers on how to address the situation avoid the re-occurrence.

He said the institution’s is committed to becoming a research intensive university; and called on state governments in the university catchment area to collaborate with it to find solutions to the problems confronting the country.

Contributing, the Plateau State Commissioner for Agriculture, Stephen Barko, disclosed that out of the over 250,000 hectares of potato farm cultivated annually, over 1000 hectares have been attacked in 2014 alone.

The commissioner said that state government was also collaborating with the National Seed Council to help in the situation of the peasant farmers.

Mr. Barko said Plateau state government has approved N68 million as counterpart funding for potato production.


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  • Dr. Kay

    This old fart has come again! This agbaya ma danu of a man , an impostor calling himself a pastor. First of all , all you wrote above are carefully selected verses from the bible ,written in a context you wishes to exploit and promote.
    I will not judge you as a human ,but I will slate you as a heretics, a false prophet , a promoter of hate that used his own jaundiced ,dirty and carnal brain to interpret the things that is far beyond you.
    The bible teaching on love is parallel ,diametrically opposed and in tangent to all the garbage you spewed out above.
    Your quoting out of context to suit your clearly deranged mind cannot hide the fact that it’s only a novice that will get caught up in your delusory heresy.
    The bible says beloveth , let us love one another, for love is of God , and every one that loveth is born of God and knoweth God, he that loveth not, knoweth not God because , God is love.
    There is no where in the bible that says you must hate others and love only God, your silly out of context quotes of when Jesus says anyone that comes to him must hate his father, brother,wife etc is so out of context, carnally interpreted verse of the bible that I am of the opinion that you don’t meditate and allow the Holy Spirit interprete the bible to you . You are still carnally minded and all you trying to achieve with this gbegiri inspired revelation is laughable , stick to your money induced one sided PDP apologist rants , you are not cut out and clearly incompetent in dishing out spiritual sermons.

    • Psalm 35

      You are 100%

  • Okache

    The man is pathetic. I now believe he is a fraud. I have stopped reading his religious and political articles for a while because of his penchant for distortion of facts but decided to read this one to see what he has to say about his wife who happened to be my lecturer at the University of Lagos. A brilliant and beautiful woman; Guyanese nightmare we call her. Quite a rational woman.

    • Mainstream Christianity in Nigeria has given birth to heretics such
      as T.B. Joshua, Femi Aribisala, E.A. Adeboye, and MANY MORE. They all
      regard personal experience with “God” as being on the same
      level/authority as the Written Word, and in some cases more
      authoritative than the Written Word. Therefore, many Pastors in Nigeria
      emphasize sayings such as the following:

      God’s works cannot be limited to what is recorded in an inspired book called
      “the Holy Bible.” Thus says the Lord: “Behold, I will do A NEW THING
      …” (Isaiah 43:19). — Femi Aribisala, “Dreaming Dreams of the Almighty (3)”

      Such sayings are a major foundation for most Pastors in Nigeria and they use it as LICENSE for all sorts of teaching and practices which are of the Subtle-one, the fake-Christ whose spirit is already preparing (and DESENSITIZING) the world for his coming.

      I encourage everyone who claims to be Christian to “… contend earnestly
      for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. …” (Jude 1:3-4) but to do this ALSO TO THEIR BELOVED CHURCHES (e.g., RCCG), TO THEIR BELOVED PASTORS (e.g., D. Oyedepo). This may definitely mean the founding of new fellowships because usually the Leaders of the Churches don’t like Scriptural Corrections.

      Similar to mainstream-Christianity in Nigeria, not all of Aribisala’s teachings are
      blatantly of the fake-Christ, some of his teachings are “true” to the

      Aribisala, like many Pastors in Nigeria THINK THEIR OWN SAYINGS ARE ON
      THE SAME LEVEL/AUTHORITY WITH THE ORIGINAL APOSTLES (THE SCRIPTURES). That’s delusion by the spirit of the fake-Christ.

      Clearly, Aribisala is misleading souls concerning Scriptures such as: Revelation
      1:5 “… To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own

  • Abiodun

    Femi Aribisala, the wolf that gleefully dresses in the furs of the sheep he ‘murdered’… Your breath of reasoning is profoundly foul. Something unimaginably horrendous happened to you along the way. Seems you had a remarkable encounter with the devil himself… And you lost out. Only Divine intervention can redeem you !

  • damilare

    Is that why you used to beat your wife, Femi? Do you sill beat her?

  • DecodeDaRiddle

    How convenient of him to have forgotten the place of Christ using the analogy of the bride and the groom, if the concept of loving your wife was to hate her. The charge is husbands love your wife AS Christ loved the church.
    The trajectory of this man is at variance with what Christ came to preach which is love. Christ said, we should love our enemies, so assuming his reason is valid and your wife is to be hated and your wife then constitute as your enemy, shouldnt you love her based on the very commandment? The bible says that God is love, so how does love command you to hate? Our “Pastor” has gone … again!

  • Psalm 35

    Premium Times please wash your hands off this writer, stop giving him the platform to attack JESUS, even our Muslim brothers are offended by the audacity of this guys blasphemy. Do your research PT, other news dailies have turned this guy down for a reason. I don’t know your publishers but you are still budding, you cannot afford to provide a platform in which the devil confronts GOD with all sorts of vile distorted heresies and abominations. Do your research, think objectively and ask yourselves the right questions. A word is enough for the wise. Do away with the devil, suspend indefinitely this column and let him go and create his own platform.

  • kwango

    The guy Femi is already serving a punishment of confusion and mental diarrhoea. One day an unsound mind appears at the market square to declare his interest in full time madness, thus contesting for that status with already resident madmen. Nigerias axis of falsehood manned by the ‘twin’ Femis.

  • Please, do not be harsh on Femi Aribisala. After all, he is being frank in telling you his problem with a view to finding a solution for it from you. First of all. the correct literal translation of that passage of scripture is: Jesus said: Anyone who does not love his folks (relations) less than s/he loves me, Jesus, cannot be my disciples If you love Jesus over and above all else, but still love your folks and everyone else, he, Jesus, the Lord of love will grant you more love for them. You get it. So there is no contradistinction between what Jesus said and your duty and grace he, Jesus, will give you to love everyone else better.

  • femi

    Let Mr Aribisala give his life to Jesus, he will not have problem with his wife. Is that the reason his son has problem with his wife as well-God is not mocked. Let no man deceive himself, whatever a man sow .so shall he reap. What mr Aribisala need is Jesus- true.