Wednesday, 1 April 2015

WAJA To Produce Organic and Medicinal Food in Anambra

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The efforts of Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State to develop and improve the agricultural sector has received a boost from women academics in the various tertiary institutions in the state under the aegis of Women Academics In Agriculture (WAIA) multipurpose cooperative society ltd.

Speaking at the inauguration of WAIA at Chike Okoli for Entrepreneurial studies, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, the WAIA State President, Dr Mrs. Cordelia Ifeyinwa Ebenebe commended the Governor for improving on the agricultural sector which she said would help create employment and increase the agricultural produce of the state.

“WAIA aims to assist the state Government focus on agriculture by producing food organically and to grow medicinal food crops that for long have been relegated as food habit transits from natural to highly modified forms", she stated.

“The members of the society intend to use their expertise in agriculture, biosciences and administration to improve the lot of women and youths who form the bulk of farmers in the state thereby assisting Governor Obiano in his effort to improve on the agriculture sector that will pave way for job creation.

“We deem it necessary to officially inaugurate the society in order to make the aims and objectives of the society public. This is to enable us to flow with the stream of government activities in the state, in the area related to our scope of coverage and to get acquainted with the women we intend to empower economically through agriculture and allied ventures”, she stated further.

While declaring open the event, the Vice Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, UNIZIK, Prof. Joseph Ahaneku said with agriculture, the issue of unemployment will be tackled, adding that the presence of WAIA in agriculture has shown that agriculture is not meant only for school dropouts as believed by some people.

He however commended WAIA for initiating the programme stating that they are the one that can educate and mobilize the people as they have a way of letting people know that with agriculture the issue of unemployment can be tackled”.

“They have come to let people know that no matter your level of education that all should embrace agriculture, they are very influential even amongst the women folk. I am also a farmer and I have land where I cultivate”, Prof. Ahaneku revealed.

The event which has the theme: 'Food in food in Health and well Being' witnessed paper presentations by resource persons that included, Professor M.M. Iwu, who spoke on food as medicine, V.I Okochi on Natural products as Super Healers, Prof. Okpuzor-Biology of cell in health and disease and a keynote lecture by DG/CEO, Nigerian Natural Medicine Development Agency, Lagos, Dr Sam Etatuvie on culinary herbs/spices in health and wellness promotion.



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