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query_builder January 13, 2020 14:22:14


By David Okpala/Stella Ifeoma Okpala :

Umuchu (Aguata LGA), Jan. 13, 2020 (MOI) Dr Ugochukwu Okpalaeke (Eze Umuanumanu), Chairman Poultry Farmers Association Nigeria, has called on youths to take advantage of Obiano's passion in Agriculture with special regards for animal husbandry.

He made the call while interacting with Information Officers at his residence, Ozalla Akokwa Umuchu, on Friday, Jan. 10.

According to Dr Okpalaeke, Gov. Willie Obiano is indeed supportive of Agriculture as there are lots of credit facilities, inputs and incentives for farmers.

``Beneficiaries are those who are into farming. I wish our youths can take advantage of our Governor's passion to promote Agriculture in Anambra State.

``I have no fewer than 300 workers across my farms before 2019 Christmas Celebration. Many of them are no longer coming to work as we enter 2020.

``The reason is that many of my workers have joined their relatives to go to urban places for quick money (Ego mbute).

``I will soon start recruiting workers. The ones to be recruited are those that hunger has driven back from urban places. Yet, the ones we reinstated are trouping out again.

``We suffer this every year. Our youths lack patience,’’ he observed.

``Farming is good, though it demands patience. It builds up with time. The gains from Agriculture are slow and steady,’’ Okpalaeke said.

``I feel worried when I see empty expanse of land. I wish our people to learn to plant economic trees in these lands, palm plantations, coconuts, breadfruits and cashew plantations in these lands.

``It will not only save us from land degradation but make our economy viable in few years,’’ he urged.

``Igbo people naturally drink Palm wine. We are already experiencing low production of Palm wine, thereby relying on foreign made drinks like Whisky, Brandy, wines and lager beer to perform our traditional functions.

``Where we insist that it must be Palm wine, we see ourselves drinking adulterated ones that may be injurious to our health.

``I wish our youths can get back into wine tapping. I bet you, there are chances of making more money in wine tapping than in motorcycle/ tricycle operation,’’ he said.

``I offer free training to youths that wish to study livestock farming. I will even go further to assist them to get established after their graduation.

``I do this as what I plough back into society in appreciation of God, who has given me the gift and knowledge of rearing animals.

``If I am in position to suggest, I will advise government to criminalise importation of poultry produce, especially frozen chickens.

``We are producing animals for meat. We can produce more,’’ he emphasised.

``I even wonder why people purchase these frozen things. They do not know how sick they could have been before being prepared and taken to the cold room.

``Those that value their life come to us when they want animals they see it in their habitats viable. So, they are sure of purchasing healthy animals,’’ Okpalaeke said. (MOI)