Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Cooperative Society through Mechanised Farming is best option for economy revival—farmer

By Okechukwu Onuegbu

Following the lingering economic crunch, a farmer, Engr. Cy Obih has advocated for mechanised agriculture through formation of Cooperative Societies.

Obih, who claimed to be one of the beneficiaries of the ongoing FADAMA 111 Project at Ihiala Local Government Area, Anambra State, insisted that the federal government can only succeed in diversifying the country’s economy by sustain its partnership with the World Bank via FADAMA 111 project, which according to him has impacted many lives.

According to the farmer, who doubles as Chairman, All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Ihiala Local Government Area, mechanised agriculture will create jobs to the teeming unemployed, food production, as well as eradicate poverty and restiveness. 

He said “Cooperative society is coming together of 10 farmers under a group, and 5 of the group will later become a cluster (50 farmers). The tendency is to form farmlands to coordinate ahead of mechanized farming where the federal government and the state in partnership with the World Bank run the project.

“They are being funded by World Bank through provision of farm implements such as tractors, seedlings, etc. and each group is entitled to 50 hectres of land for commercial agriculture, and shall receive 2.5billion naira. They could run either dry season farming using irrigation or wet season farming.”

While stressing that 8 Council Areas were selected on FADAMA 111 Project in Anambra State, Obih hinted that Ihiala is among them, and it has turned their fortune as the third tier of government has recorded about 2010 farmers including the youths.



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