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Anambra to launch online agro radio – Mbanefo

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Anambra State is to lunch an online agro radio programme next year. The radio programme is aimed to key into all the state government agricultural activities. The state Commissioner for Agriculture, Mechanization, Processing and Export, Afam Mbanefo stated this at the first Anambra Schools Agro Quiz Competition and the Green Week 9th Edition help at the Ministry of Agriculture (ADP), Awka.

Mbanefo, who lauded the Green Week initiatives to help the ministry bring youths closer to  agriculture said, ‘the online programme will get more people involved with the state government agricultural programmes and offer them the opportunity to participate in what the state government is doing in agricultural sector.”

The commissioner stated that with support of Governor Obiano, the ministry launched two programmes, Healthy Farmer, Healthy Farm, and Land Reservation Scheme. Healthy Farmer, Healthy Farm, he said, keyed directly into the activities of organic production, “We talk about yield and we don’t even talk about the health of these farmers that produce these things. Therefore, we looked deeply into this and thought it is an area that we need develop or to at least sensitize and increase that knowledge across the board, while the Land Reservation Schemes is for farmers and communities to provide land for agriculture.”

In welcome speech, Special Assistant to Governor Obiano on Agriculture and the organizer of the quiz competition, Obioma Mbanefo, who commended the governor for his giant stride in agriculture, said the event was organized to help boost agriculture and agricultural education among youths in the state. The Green Week started July 2018, where they organized quiz competition to bring our youths closer to what the Ministry of Agriculture.

“Agriculture is no longer what our fore parents did when they used hoes and machetes to farm. Now, we talk of mechanized agriculture and we are asking that every child, student, youth should key into agriculture.”

We do this to inculcate the knowledge, passion, and love for agriculture, “In this regard, if our youths are trained in this light of agric, they will be of benefit to themselves and the state. If we get the students at this point, it will definitely be a bright future for all of us. By next year, we hope to expand the quiz competition to accommodate more schools and make agriculture a passion.”

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Emenike Ezinando, stressing the importance of agriculture to Governor Obiano’s development agenda, said agriculture is key to the development of any nation. No nation however advanced toys with agriculture and food security. “We have seen what Governor Obiano has been able to achieve in the agricultural sector.”

“That is why the Commissioner for Agric initiated Ugbo Umuakwukwo programme to encourage students through their schools to imbibe the culture of agriculture to the development of the state. We want to banish the idea that the rural dwellers are the only ones meant to farm.”

Director Extension, Technical Partners State Chapter Organic Agriculture Practitioners of Nigeria, Ifeyinwa Uzoka, emphasized organic farming as the best practice of agriculture. “We are going organic because organic is life. The very chemical component of our soil also makes the chemical component of the human being, and that is why it is important we handle the soil as we handle the human body. We have to be careful with what we put in our food chain because it goes to affect our body.”

Flora Azikiwe  Model Comprehensive Secondary School, Neni, emerged winner in the quiz competition,  Girl’s High School, Uga came second, while Community Secondary School  Oraifite came third.

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