AMAECHI PERCY ONYEJEKWE, Awka
The Federal Ministry of Agriculture And Rural Development (FMARD) has disclosed its readiness to support Agricultural development program in Anambra State, saying the state has proven herself worthy of Federal Government support.
The leader of a 7-man delegation from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Abuja, Mr. Ifidon Ohiomoba who said the team was in the state on dual purpose of sensitization of the private sector on the One-Stop Center of the Anambra Agricultural Development Programme (ADP) at Igbariam and demonstration of good agricultural practices to farmers on cassava production, stressed that the Federal Government chose to begin with Anambra State as one of the pilot states because the state had proven to be agriculture friendly and consequently pays her counterpart fund.
He explained that the Federal Government was ready and prepared to boost agricultural development in Anambra State and to encourage the private sector and farmers in the state to make use of the center.
Ohiomoba who is Deputy Director, Federal Department of Agricultural Extension stated this yesterday, during a demonstration on cassava production at the ADP Demonstration Farm, Igbariam.
“We have met with the private sector operators to facilitate their involvement in the one stock center, which is a market place for marketing information,technology demonstration on agricultural commodities,value addition to various agricultural commodities, access to credits, among others.The State has always paid her counterpart fund adding that the Federal Government is prepared and ready to support her”, Ohiomoba noted.
The Anambra ADP Programm Manager Mr. Jude Nwankwo who in conjunction with Ohiomoba demonstrated to the farmers methods of cassava production, explained that the One –Stop- Center which he said would be run under the Public Private Partnership., would be added advantage to growing the state economy .
He urged farmers and agro-processors to make use of the One –Stop Center pointing out that the center would be of benefit in their agricultural business.
Over one hundred and fifty farmers participated in the demonstration exercise after which the the team went to another section of Igbariam where they inspected the one-stop center.
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