Anambra, UNDP partner to boost farming

Posted by Pamela Eboh, Awka | 19 October 2015 | 2,344 times

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The Anambra State Government in collaboration with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has donated farming equipments and improved seed money worth about N5m to farmers in the state through 30 co-operative societies from different local government areas across the state.

The distribution, which took place in Awka, after a two-day scaling up Community Based Resilience Farming Practice for additional thirty women groups on Dry Season Farming, was organised by the State Government.

Speaking during the training workshop before the distribution, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. Afam Mbanefo, who was represented by Deputy Director Agriculture, Mr. Jude Nwankwor, described dry season farming as very profitable because the few people that practice it monopolise the market.

He maintained that the interventions are geared towards achieving Governor Willie Obiano’s vision of making Anambra State very sufficient in food production.

Lending his voice, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Economic Planning and Budget, Mr. Mark Okoye, represented by the Director of Donor Agencies in the Ministry, Mr. Boniface Azi, said Governor Willie Obiano’s choice of making agriculture his number one developmental pillar has attracted donor agencies that want to support Agriculture from around the world and described the beneficiaries as privileged farmers.

He urged the beneficiaries to put the equipment into full use for optimum result.

Distributing the equipment and fund, the UNDP partnership Manager and Special Assistant to the Governor on Donor Agencies, Mrs Nneka Onwudiwe, said the equipment and improved seed money were aimed at sustaining dry season farming to avoid food drought in the state.

She in the spirit of true corporation, collaboration and appreciation, joined hands with the UNDP in an action-oriented efforts to support dry season farmers in the state, to complement Governor Willie Obiano’s commitment in the Agricultural sector.

In their separate speeches, some of the beneficiaries, Mrs. Patricia Nwokedi from Ezi-Agulu-Otu, Anambra East, Mrs. Virginia Okoli from Ndi Okpalaeke in Orumba North and Mr. Clement Otogbolu from Ogbunike in Oyi Council Area, thanked Governor Willie Obiano for the various interventions, praying for his second tenure, and assuring to put the equipment into good use.

Photo shows Governor Obiano.

Source: News Express

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