Let’s take to backyard farming `Ugbo Azu uno’ Agric Commissioner urges Ndi Anambra
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query_builder May 22, 2020 16:38:32

By Ifeoma Aniagbado  :

Awka, May 22, 2020 (MOI) Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Nnamdi Onukwuba has urged Ndi Anambra to take to backyard farming, known in Igbo as ‘Ugbo azu uno’ to boost food production.

According to the commissioner, this has become necessary in order to assure food security in the state particularly during post COVID-19 pandemic.

``This is also even more imperative now that the world has been grappling with lockdown, necessitated by ravaging Coronavirus pandemic.’’

In an interview with an Information Officer in his office at ADP Complex, Awka, the Commissioner said that Gov. Willie Obiano initiated the concept of ‘Ugbo azu uno’ to Ndi Anambra during flag-off of 2020 Farming Season.

He said that the Governor had also inaugurated a Central Working Committee to mobilise and sensitise the people on the need for backyard farming.

``The committee, which has Chief Primus Odili as its Chairman has already started working on Ndi Anambra, pleading with them to set up such farms at their backyards.’’

Mr Onukwuba announced that the committee had also been using different media to reach out to people in all walks of life to advance the campaign.

``We are planning to establish nurseries in the three senatorial zones of the state from, where individuals and groups can come to pick up improved seedlings and plants for transplanting.

``The committee will follow up by using Extension Agents in all the communities in the state assist to guide those willing to be part of it, on the best farming practices – planting and appropriate use of fertilisers to improve yield.’’

The Agric Commission added that a ministerial team had also been inaugurated to handle technical aspects of the programme.

Onukwuba, then, enjoined every household in the state to key into the programme in order to save money for their families.

He stressed the need to cultivate agricultural products like Amarantus (green or Inine), pumpkin (Ugu), Scent Leaf (Ncha-anwu), Curry, Okro, Tomatoes and Onions.

According to him some people can take to livestock farming like poultry, Fishery, Snalry. People can also plant some economic trees like oranges, mango and pawpaw.

``Back Yard farming or `Ugbo azu uno’ is not seasonal, but an activity that can be undertaken at any given time’; its produce are more nutritious than the ones purchased from markets because they are not genetically modified -- no chemicals or fertilisers -- need be added to the crops,’’ (MOI)