The raging controversies surrounding Gov Willie Obiano’s magical revolution in agriculture which reportedly saw Anambra state producing the branded “Anambra Rice”, and exporting more than $5 million worth vegetables monthly to Europe and would soon be exporting more to the United States of America has apparently caught the attention of the Federal Government.
This according to an inside Federal Government source advised the Thursday visit by FG assessment team led by the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr Godwin Emefiele and the Agric/Rural Development Minister, Chief Audu Ogbe together with Gov Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi state and other top officials.
Chief Ogbe had during an interactive session with farmers pledged FG plans to distribute small mechanised equipment for harvesting rice to farmers in Anambra state in three weeks.
He believed the machines would help boost and increase output tremendously.
The meeting, held at the Omor Rice field in Ayamelum Council Area, was part of activities marking a one day fact finding visit to Anambra state by the delegation.
According to the Minister, the equipment would include lawn mowers, threshers and milling machines of about 5 to 10 tonnes capacity each.
Chief Ogbe revealed that his Ministry will meet with the Federal Ministry of Water Resources to work out modalities for the rehabilitation of the Lower Anambra/Imo River Basin Irrigation project at Omor to provide irrigation services to the farmers for all year round rice farming.
He thanked the State’s Rice farmers for keying into the vision of the Federal Government to achieve food sufficiency in rice production.
He assured them that they have chosen a means of livelihood that is sustainable and holds the key to the future.
Gov Willie Obiano in his remarks, said farmers in the State are now proud of engaging in Agriculture because of the way he has repositioned the sector.
He expressed delight that through the structure which his administration had put in place to coordinate the disbursement of the N1.5 billion which CBN provided earlier for Small and Medium Scale Enterprises, all the monies have been recovered and appealed to the apex bank to positively consider raising its support up to N5 billion.
This, he noted, would ensure that more farmers get support to boost their operations and contribute more meaningfully to the quest for food sufficiency in the country.
The Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr Godwin Emefiele appealed to the farmers to organize themselves in cooperatives to be eligible to benefit from the CBN’s single digit rate anchor-borrowers programme, and commended Gov Obiano for making agriculture attractive to the people.
Earlier in his address, the State Chairman of the Association, Mr Udoka Egwuatu acknowledged that they are presently recording bumper harvest due to the support of the State Government especially in the area of providing improved rice seedlings.
He appealed to the Federal Government to show genuine commitment towards reactivating the Lower Anambra/Imo River basin irrigation project. Дизельные электрогенераторы technobaltic.lt Насосы для воды
The farmers presented bags of “Anambra Rice” to the Minister, the CBN Governor and the Kebbi State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Bagudu who were on the visit.
By Chuks Collins, Awka