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Anambra farmers sensitised on CARES project

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ANAMBRA State Government, through the Ministry of Agriculture has organised a three-day intensive sensitisation programme for downtrodden farmers across the state on COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus ( CARES) Result Area 2 geared towards ensuring food sustainability and supply in the state.

  The event was held at IDK Learning Centre, Awka, between Monday and Wednesday for farmers from the Anambra North, Anambra South and Anambra Central Senatorial Zones respectively to enlighten them on the nitty-gritty of the CARES project

While declaring the workshop open, the state Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Nnamdi Onukwuba, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Mrs Stephanie Keri Uzo, expressed delight that the project had gathered momentum as plans are already set for it to be fully realised, charging farmers to take the initiative seriously, be truthful to themselves and live up to expectation of bountiful results as they benefit from the scheme.

Mrs. Uzo expressed dismay over the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic which necessitated the federal government to seek assistance from the World Bank for farmers who were greatly affected by COVID-19 ravaging the world since early this year to encourage and equip them with agricultural input. “ This  year has been very challenging for farmers in their agriculture business, starting from the early phase of the pandemic, issue of flooding and EndSARS protest. They lost lots of their farm produce and not able to go to farm, but thank God for the intervention of the federal government in this programme”.

Earlier in his opening remark, the state Coordinator of FADAMA, Mr Chukwuka Egbueh said that as part of the communication structure of CARES, the essence of the training was to enlighten all the stakeholders of CARES programme which the state government attracted to the state, noting that it is a palliative project of the World Bank and federal government, together with the governors’ forum, adding that in return, the exercise will help to form the project delivery structure which will help to know the best approach and most felt needs of farmers  that will encourage and boost their productivities.

Responding to the issue of farmers receiving agricultural inputs based on the farming calendar of different communities, Mr Egbueh emphasised that there is already laid down implementation structure to deliver inputs to farmers exactly when they need it to be useful to them, stressing   that CARES project is targeted majorly to only the poor and vulnerable farmers in all the 21 local government areas of the state with the aim of making them come out of poverty curve and to start contributing to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the state.

One of the farmers and Chairperson of Omanbala Farmers, comprising Anambra East, Anambra West, Oyi and Ayamelum LGAs ,Mrs Rose Isidinu thanked the government for the support and promised to pass the message across to other farmers in her unit during their next meeting.

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