Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Anambra State Agric Ministry to engage over 50% youths into mechanised farming

By Okechukwu Onuegbu
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Anambra State ministry of Agriculture, Mechanisation, Processing & Export has said it is planning to engage over 50% youth of the state in 2017 into mechanised agriculture such as fish, rice, cassava and maize productions.

Afam Mbanefo, the state Commissioner for Agriculture, Processing & Export, who disclosed this in a chat with news48hour.com at the end of the ministry’s budget defense in Anambra State House of Assembly, Awka Complex, explained that they were able to utilise the over six hundred million naira appropriated for the ministry in 2016 budget for productions of fish, rice and others in commercial quantity and hope to double it in 2017 were over 1.2 billion is appropriated for them.    

“We justified our appropriations in 2016. What we are going to do this year is to leverage on them. Our best brand, Anambra rice rose to 8000 metric tons, and we are hoping to get more of that this 2017. We are also targeting cassava and maize productions at commercial quantities.

“This is all inclusiveness agriculture models. Our data shows that we have 42% youths of 20 to 40 years of age in agriculture. And we will get it doubled this year through the provisions of the necessary mechanised farm equipments. We also have community farms development programmes through which we are training our community stakeholders such as monarchs, traditional rulers, president generals, youths and others on how to adopt and leverage on mechanised agriculture of their choice. This will help to reduce poverty in our state and country generally, create job and so on,” he added. 



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