By Mike Afah & Obiageli Nwankwo : The Anambra State Commissioner for Information and Communication Strategy, Ogbuefi Tony Nnacheta has said that the Ministry of Agriculture in the State has what it takes to compete favourably with its counterparts throughout the Federation.
The Commissioner made the statement during his media tour to the Ministry of Agriculture E-room-control centre, Awka to see the innovations and creativity introduced by the State government for easy reporting of the farmers across the state.
Addressing over 40 journalists and media executives, Ogbuefi Nnacheta, described the E-Agriculture innovation as impressive and a place of pride, adding that Anambra state has what it takes to revolutionize agriculture.
He further called on Ndi Anambra to avail themselves of the opportunities provided by the state government to key into agriculture and be empowered, pointing out that only agriculture will save the country from the present economic recession.
Receiving the team, the Commissioner for Agriculture, Mechanization, Processing and Export, Hon Afam Mbanefo who was ably represented by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Comrade Leo Imoka explained that the centre enables the Ministry to monitor and evaluate agricultural production, provides easy communication with farmers and enhances traceability of ownership in line with the international commodity exchange standard.
Mr Imoka further stated that the system has the bio-data of every farmer in the state.
Also speaking, the Head of Planning, Research and Statistics, PRS, Mr Ekene Adokwe, also speaking disclosed that the data available at the Centre, shows that 101,032 farmers as well as 2465 cooperatives have been registered in the state, adding that the ratio of female to male farmers in the state, is 66.6% : 44.4%, while over 70% 0f farmers fall under the age bracket of 61-80 years of age with youths making 30 %.