Benue State Gov. Samuel Ortom on Friday said the state government was ready to collaborate with the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC) on agricultural development. Ortom stated this when he paid a courtesy visit to the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja. He said the state government would collaborate and support the Commission within its available resources, especially in the area of agriculture. He added that “Benue as the food basket of Nigeria stands to benefit when our farmers go to the Holy Land and learn more from the skill acquisition programme offered by the Commission there. “The states that are agriculturally inclined should encourage their farmers by sending them to Israel on Holy pilgrimage. “This is because the advantages are enormous; the farmers will benefit spiritually by praying for themselves and the country and will acquire knowledge in different farm techniques.’’ On the issue of lottery to perform the pilgrimage, Ortom said it was a good initiative, as it would give the less privileged the opportunity to travel to Israel with ease.