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We are making progress —Madubuko

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  • Joseph Madubuko is the Chairman of All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Anambra State

He noted that back then when the state was newly created, and some years following, primitive ways and crude farming tools were in use in the state, which according to him, did not help the sector or make it attractive and lucrative in any way, given the stress involved.

According to him, in those olden days, people were seeing and regarding agriculture as occupation reserved only for elders and people in the village, as nothing much was coming out from it in terms of financial proceeds, except foods, which used to be the major gain famers were making from the sector then.

Acknowledging that there has been a great shift and tremendous improvement in the system in  recent time,  Madubuko noted that so many innovations and good initiatives have been brought into the system, which has now revived the hitherto abandoned sector in the state and consummately changed the narrative in positive ways.

He highlighted some of these positive changes to include mechanization of the system, government’s prioritising of the sector, qualitative and quantitative increase in both the inputs and outputs, introduction of various incentive packages in the system, among others, all of which he said have helped in greater ways to promote the sector and make it more lucrative and viable in the state. The AFAN helmsman noted that today, great number of people, most especially youths are now into agriculture in Anambra State while many still register their interests to key in, just as many firms have also invested in the sector, such as Coscharis Farm, Joseph Agro Ltd, and others, adding that the state now exports agricultural produce.

These improvements, he attributed to the keen concern shown and great efforts made in the sector by the various governments that have ruled the state, especially the current administration of Chief. Willie Obiano who made agriculture one of his four pillars of development, rolled out the blueprint of what he intends to achieve in the sector, and further created an enabling environment to enhance the achievement of the blueprint, as well as help the sector thrive more viably.

On how he wants the sector to be tomorrow,  Madubuko said he dreams of Anambra becoming the agricultural hub of the country, and a rice exporting state where cattle and other agricultural products will be traded in greater quantity, suggesting that this can be achieved through sustaining the tempo of concern for the sector, applying more technologies in the sector and curbing the menace of the Fulani herdsmen attacks, which he said, have scared a lot of people away from farming.

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