2019 Farming Season begins in Anambra
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query_builder July 3, 2019 18:10:40

By John Ndu

Awka, July, 3 2019 (MOI) Gov. Willie Obiano has called on stakeholders to assist Government to sustain agricultural revolution agenda of his administration.

This is in a determined bid to promote food sufficiency and exportation.

The event took place at the Alex Ekwueme Square, Awka, with theme: ``Cluster Development: A Vehicle for Sustainable Agriculture’’ would aim at consolidating the achievements of the present administration in Agriculture.

The launch of the season also featured distribution of inputs to small scale farmers, launch of Anambra Farmers Shop Initiative, Bee-keeping Programme as well as Smart Weather Soldiers Initiative of Youths in Agriculture.

There was in addition, a re-introduction of the ‘Ugbo Umu-Akwukwo’ or School Farming Programme in primary and secondary schools, designed to impart agricultural skills early in the school children.

Flagging-off the season, Gov. Obiano said that his administration recorded excellence in agriculture since his assumption of office.

He noted that rice production in Anambra had risen from 80,000 metric tons in 2014 to 440,000 metric tons in 2018.

``Our projection for this planting season is to produce 475,547 metric tons of rice. Similarly, cassava production rose from 15,324 metric tons when I stepped in to 1,236,409 metric tons in 2018.

``Now we are projecting a cassava output of 2,060, 682 metric tons in 2019. Maize production stood at 22,000 metric last season and we are projecting an output of 63, 255 metric tons of maize in this season,’’ Obiano added.

``Vegetables were projected at 96,480 metric tons last season but this season we are projecting not less than 321,600 metric tons. Our projection for yam this year is 83,600 metric tons.

``All these are clear indications that our vision to place Anambra in the Top-3 of Agricultural production in Nigeria is firmly on course,’’ Governor added.

Gov. Obiano noted that it was regrettable that the scale of havoc wrecked by the flood as well as clashes between herdsmen and farmers in the last farming season.

Earlier, Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Nnamdi Onukwuba said that the government had trained various youths in Agriculture.

Mr Onukwuba noted that the state's participation in the IFAD-Assisted Value Chain Development Programme had continued to be of benefit to the state.

The commissioner extolled the Governor for his huge investment in agriculture, which created various windows of opportunities. (MOI)