Aguata LG staff members receive cassava stems to boost `Ugbo Azu Uno’ farming
By David Okpala/Stella Okpala :
Ekwulobia (Aguata LGA), May 22, 2020 (MOI) Hybrid cassava stems and other farm inputs have been distributed to Aguata Local Government Employees to boost `Ugbo Azu Uno’ or backyard farming in Anambra State.
Head, Department of Agric, Mrs Ifeoma Iloghalu said this while interacting with Information Officers, in her office at her Aguata LGA office.
``The workers received with enthusiasm, 60 bundles of hybrid cassava stems and six sachets of hybrid maize. I must commend Gov. Willie Obiano. He is indeed a man of wisdom.
``Flag-off of farming season, is a yearly event in Anambra State under godsend governor.’’
``Flag-off is here with the farmers in their localities. This is an unbeatable idea.’’
She noted that the governor’s wisdom, doggedness brainstorming to give Ndi Anambra good governance had turned into fortune to Aguata LG employees and farmers.
``The `Ugbo Azu Uno’ initiative is one legacy that current Anambra State Government will be remembered for.
``A contagion like COVID-19 pandemic causes food shortage but with Ugbo Azu Uno in Anambra, the reverse will be the case,’’ Mrs Iloghalu said.
Other groups that benefited from the farm input distribution are women in Agriculture.
They received 10 bundles of cassava stems, two bags of organic fertilisers, two bags of Agric Lime, two sachets of hybrid maize.
Other items are one bottle of Bio Powder, one bottle of Crop Enhancer and two sachets of Okro seeds.
Another group that benefitted are the Registered Farmers Association of Nigeria (ARFAN), Aguata Chapter.
The group received 161 bundles of cassava stems, five bags of organic fertilisers, five bags of Agric Lime, six sachets of hybrid maize, two bottles of Bio Powder and two bottles of Crop Enhancer.
Mrs Iloghalu acknowledged that the quantity of farm inputs distributed might not match every farmer’s size of farm.
She, then, urged LG Employees/Farmers to take solace on the fact that the inputs were hybrid, saying that by next farming season, the little they have now would multiply to accommodate everybody's farm size.
Mr Eche Ezeibe, the Transition Committee Chairman, however, directed ``anybody who is not putting on face mask, shall not enter the Local Government Premises.
``In my department here, I maintain social distancing of at least 3 feet.
``I have directed workers under me ensure that our visitors wash their hands thoroughly before entering into offices.
``We are not leaving any stones unturned, as the fight is about saving our own life,’’ he said.
A beneficiary, Mrs Rita Chukwuma, who spoke on behalf of other workers, expressed her joy.
Another beneficiary, Mrs Josephine Elendu said: ``I believe that very soon, we will no longer have to buy vegetables in markets”. (MOI)