July, 3 2019 (MOI) Gov. Willie Obiano has called on stakeholders to assist
Government to sustain agricultural revolution agenda of his administration.
is in a determined bid to promote food sufficiency and exportation.
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.
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.
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.
the season, Gov. Obiano said that his administration recorded excellence in
agriculture since his assumption of office.
noted that rice production in Anambra had risen from 80,000 metric tons in 2014
to 440,000 metric tons in 2018.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Nnamdi Onukwuba said that the government had
trained various youths in Agriculture.
Onukwuba noted that the state's participation in the IFAD-Assisted Value Chain
Development Programme had continued to be of benefit to the state.
commissioner extolled the Governor for his huge investment in agriculture,
which created various windows of opportunities. (MOI)