Anambra introduces Community Farm Development Project

The Ana2016_09_27_72852mbra State Government has introduced a Com­munity Farm Develop­ment Programme de­signed to provide farming input, tractor services for guaranteed market for the farmers’ agricultural pro­duce.
Addressing farmers at a forum at the State Ag­ricultural Development Project (ADP) conference hall in Awka on Monday, the Commissioner for Agriculture, Mechanisa­tion, Processing and Ex­port, Hon Afam Mbanefo, called on farmers in the state to take agriculture very serious and to involve their children and wards in the venture, because of the immense benefits.
“Some parents discour­age their children from farming because it is stressful; but today, there is money in agriculture,” he said.
Mbanefo further stated that the forum was organ­ised to enable the ministry interact with the farmers; to explain to them the es­sence of the newly intro­duced community farm development programme, as well as how to key in and benefit from it, add­ing that the programme was for both commercial and small scale farmers.
The commissioner enjoined the farmers to support the programme by dedicating their time, coming together to form and register co-operatives and to develop commu­nity farms so as to achieve government’s objective to make the state one of the highest producers of rice, cassava, and maize in the country.
Also speaking at the event, the Director of Ag­riculture in the ministry, Mr Nnamdi Agwuncha, commended the state Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, for his support to farmers, especially for the provision of trac­tor services, high yield­ing farming inputs and off-take arrangement to avoid glut.
He called on farmers in the state to form co-oper­atives in order to benefit from the various agricul­tural programmes of the ministry which includes Fadama III (Additional financing) and Value Chain Development Pro­gramme.
In his remarks, the Programme Manager of ADP, Mr Clement Ogubue, called on the farmers to secure farm lands in various commu­nities to enable them pro­duce more for off-takers, who are readily available to buy from the farmers.
Ogubue further ad­vised the farmers to come to the ministry to apply and collect agricultural lime to reduce soil acid­ity, and for their crops to yield properly.
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