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CARES will empower Anambra farmers – Egbueh

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COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (CARES) will empower farmers in Anambra State besides boosting food production in the state. Anambra State is at the threshold of making agriculture an economic base in the country, a departure from the past agricultural policies. The present administration has given added value and made the agricultural sector people-oriented,

Anambra State Project Coordinator FADAMA, Chukwuka Egbueh stated this at the 3-Day Sensitisation/Awareness Creation of Stakeholders on RA2 Implementation Procedures and Guidelines organised by the Anambra State Government, through the Ministry of Agriculture on World Bank Assisted CARES held in Awka.

The CARES program has three result areas. The Result Area Two, which FADAMA supervises focuses on food security and safeguarding food channels across Anambra State.

Egbueh said FADAMA undertakes the project to offer support services to farmers, also to provide necessary agricultural infrastructure to farmers with agricultural centres, where the farmers bring in their produce, small irrigation channels for farmers to be able to produce during the dry seasons.

“The programme essentially brings stakeholders together and explains to them in detail what this programme is all about. So that when we start coming to their communities and local governments, it will give them a clear picture of our activities and how to make the best use of it. We in Anambra want to be the first draw from the funds available for this project because we want to support our dry season farmers.

“Governor Willie Obiano is interested in agriculture and has always been passionate about dry season farming, about irrigation because Anambra State does not have enough land. So we have to plant as many times in the dry season. And this will enable us to meet the target the governor gave us. This shows the commitment of the state towards making this project a success.”

In his remarks, Head of Agriculture Department, Idemili South LGA, Chike Nnamdi said the project is a laudable agricultural initiative that will help farmers out of poverty.

Chief Agriculture Officer, Awka South LGA, Blessing Ekwulide, maintained that the programme would help local farmers to be more productive, besides taking farming to a new level in the state.

A participant at the programme James Nwegu, from Nawgu, Dunukofia, said the programme is commendable given the impact of COVID-19.  He argued that the programme would not only keep the people informed but also empower them.

Another participant, Chigbata Ogochukwu from Ugbenu, Awka North, expressed her excitement, declaring that the knowledge from the programme would be useful to her and her community.

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