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Anambra rural farmers show class



RURAL communities in Anambra State, once again, showcased an array of assorted foodstuffs and livestock to confirm that the state has emerged as a major food basket of the nation during the flagging off of 2019 World Food Day and Dry Season Farming Season.

The food exhibition was one of the highlights of the annual global event which was performed by Governor Willie Maduabuchi Obiano (Akpokuedike Global), at the Alex Ekwueme Square, Awka, on Friday, amidst pomp and pageantry.

Governor Obiano, while speaking at the event which coincided with the official opening ceremony of the 2019 Anambra State Trade Fair holding at the same venue, reiterated his administration’s commitment to the promotion of the agricultural sector with the aim of providing employment opportunities for the youths, urging everybody in the state to cultivate small gardens in their premises.

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), World Bank and other donor agencies, he disclosed, had been partnering the state government in the actualisation of the envisaged agricultural revolution of the present administration.

Governor Obiano noted that the state had recorded an unprecedented leap since he mounted the saddle as the state now exports vegetables and other foodstuffs overseas with tremendous benefits for both the farmers and everybody along the value chain.

Earlier, the Commissioner for Agriculture,  Nnamdi Onukwuba, in his welcome address, stated that the World Food Day “is a global annual event to commemorate the founding of the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) in 1945,” providing a forum for all nations to negotiate issues and actions against hunger.

Commissioner Onukwuba stressed that this year’s event was unique and symbolic because Governor Obiano had proactively put in placed agricultural policies to fight hunger and attain food security in the state in line with the FAO stipulation.

The commissioner further disclosed that in deepening the people-oriented policies, the governor on that occasion performed the disbursement of agro inputs for the dry season farming, CBN-funded Accelerated Agricultural Development Scheme (AADS) together with Commercial Agricultural Credit Scheme (CACS) and Anchor Borrowers programme for dry season rice farming, both also sponsored by the CBN.

He pointed out that the governor equally flagged off the World Bank assisted LPRES for livestock development, including ‘Efi Igbo’ popularization project, in commemoration of the annual ceremony under the theme: ‘Our Actions are Our Future, Healthy Diets For Zero Hunger World.’

The commissioner expatiated that the new dry season farming CBN’s Anchor Borrowers programme would boost rice production to over 420,000 metric tons from 40,000mt presently, as well as re-engineer and energize the agricultural development and acceptability across the value chain.”

He announced that the CBN’s AACS and CACS programmes would increase youth and women participation, infrastructural development, input provision, equipment and assets, adding with delight that the state had achieved increase in yield per hectare in rice production from 2.83mt in 2014 to 7mt by 2018 and maize from 4mt/ha in 2014 to 7mt/ha in2018.



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