Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Anambra state Government to absorb over 5000 youths in Agriculture

Okechukwu Onuegbu

Following its determination to create wealth and boosting food production in the state, Anambra state government has mapped-out plans to train and empower over 5000 youths in all key areas of agricultural sector in the next few months.
Chief Nnamdi Mekoh, the State Commissioner for Agriculture, who announced this when the members of All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) Anambra state chapter, and Progressive Anambra Youths respectively paid a courtesy call to the ministry, explained that the workshop would be organized at three basic centers across three senatorial zones of the state including Anambra state College of Agriculture, Mgbakwu as a kick-off point, and to be focused on poultry, fish farming, animal farming, crop production, food production, processing and marketing of agricultural products among others.
According to the Commissioner, government would provide working capital, logistics and few other things needed in setting-up the business to the trainees as a way of absorbing more of its teeming populace in agriculture for wealth creation, sustainability, entrepreneurship, massive food production and exportation, and heaven for foreign and local investors.
He added that the ministry would procure 100 tractors, fertilizers, hybrids quality seeds and seedlings in quantum, excluding bank loans and similar empowerment gestures to be distributed to farmers in the state this planting season with a view to ensuring enabling environment for mechanized farming to thrive, noting also that better condition for granting loans has been drafted for betterment of the entire populace, especially the rural farmers and those willing to join hands in moving the nation forward through the sector.
Mekoh, therefore charged Anambrarians to support the government on its giant strides to affect their lives positively by judiciously utilizing the opportunity.
While, Governor Willie Obiano’s Special Assistant (S.A)on Fishery, Mr. Emeka Iloghalu, who described his boss one month in office as excellent,  vowed that his office is ready to reorient Anambrarians on the various ways of creating wealth through fish farming.
In their respective speeches during the separate visit, State Acting Chairman of AFAN, Dr. Alex Ebogha and his counterpart from Progressive Anambra Youths, Mr. Nonso Okafor, pledged to partner with the government in realization of its dreams through massive mobilization and sensitization.



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