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Anambra rejigs agric for higher profits

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Prioritises regenerative farming
…Initiates 1m palm, coconut campaign to rejuvenate agro economy

ANAMBRA STATE is floating new policies to rejig agriculture for higher profit earning potentials.

  Gov. Chukwuma Soludo stated this while reiterating his administration’s keenness on regenerative farming as key for revoultionising agriculture in the state.

  Speaking while flagging off the 2022 Farming Season in the state under the theme: Empowering Women and Youth Through Regenerative Agriculture for Sustainable Development in Dr. Alex Ekwueme Square, Awka, yesterday, Prof. Soludo also projected that people’s earning capacity will increase.

  Explaining that earning capacity through agriculture remains abysmally low despite many people’s dependence on subsistence farming as economic mainstay, Gov. Soludo disclosed his willingness to solve the predicament by the introduction of cutting edge policies, including the palm revolution and coconut economy, to catalyse the agricultural sector into a more productive contributor to the gross domestic product (GDP) of the state and urged ndi Anambra to key in.

  Prof. Soludo also pledged government’s devotion to utilising youthful farmers as key drivers of the revolution. The youth, he said, will be encouraged to embrace mechanised farming explore potentials of sustainable development, agro business and investment by leveraging on opportunities in the sector such as regenerative farming.

  Through such approach to farming, the governor further projected that there will be a boost in exportation of palm and coconut produce in record time as recorded in Asian tigers’ economies in the 1970s through the 1990s.

  “Anambra will start growing a combined one million coconut and palm trees every year to make the state an exporter of palm produce in record time. Time has gone when people depended on subsistence farming. That’s why we’re introducing regenerative farming as wake up call for to join us in revolutionising agriculture,” Soludo said.

  The governor added that the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the federal government would partner with Anambra in her Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA) which his administration introduced to boost rice and cassava production among others in the state.

  Earlier, Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Foster Ihejiofor, while commending the governor for leveraging innovative technology in agriculture, assured ndi Anambra that farming will once again become cash cow in the state.

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