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Flood: Farmers To Get N1bn Loan, As Obi Flags Off Planting Season

Published by Guardian on Sun, 21 Apr 2013


ANAMBRAwill on Tuesday distribute over N1b to farmers affected by the last flood disaster in the state.Governor Peter Obi disclosed this at the weekend while launching this year's farming season at the Agricultural Development Programme (ADP) Premises Awka.He said the initiative is to help the farmers cushion loss suffered from the disaster.The governor noted that agriculture could drive both state and national economy and is key to achieving the vision of combating extreme poverty and hunger.He gave assurance that his administration will sustain prompt payment of counter-part funding for agricultural programmes and will continue to empower farmers, urging them to ensure prompt repayment of loans to encourage government to provide more support.'Government has always worked in partnership with farmers to improve agricultural output. All the effort was to increase food production and return lost glory in the sector,' he said.The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, in his message to mark the occasion, congratulated the state government for the initiative, saying Anambra has always played a key role in supporting federal government agricultural projects.Adesina, represented by the State Director of the Ministry, Mr. Albert Odukwe, noted that Obi is the first governor to key into the Agricultural Transformation Agenda programme of the federal government and the only governor who physically registered the first farmer for the 2013 National Farmers Registration.Adesina expressed satisfaction that the state has registered 88,943 farmers in the exercise and assured that the ministry will continue to support farmers in Anambra to achieve food sufficiency and security.Earlier, the state Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. Ndubisi Menakaya, said the event created opportunity for the government to demonstrate its commitment towards development of the sector as well as sensitising the farming community on the global fight against extreme poverty and hunger.He said the state has concluded arrangements to partner with Rainbow Chicken of South Africa to establish a mega poultry industry in the state and is proposing a public private partnership arrangement with a Belarus Agro-based company for the provision and management of tractors.Mr. Menakaya said Obi has been adjudged the most agric-friendly governor in the country because of his strides in agricultural development, recalling that he recently distributed some implements and input to the Fadama III programme vegetable farmers in the state.The Head Of Service (HOS) in Anambra West, Mrs. Emeka Eucharia, said a lot of improvement has been recorded in production of yam, cassava, vegetable, Okro and fish, despite the flood, which devastated the area last year.
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