By Fredrick Okopie
The Senateâ€™s Deputy Chairman on Ecology and gubernatorial aspirant in Anambra state, Senator Annie Okonkwo has said that if agricultural potentials in Anambra were optimally harnessed, the state will meet the food requirement of the nation and export to generate revenue.
Senator Okonkwo said that in the face of dwindling fortune from crude oil, which has remained the countryâ€™s major source of income, that he is going to reinvent the agrarian policy of the former premier of Eastern Nigeria, under Dr. Michael Okpara
Speaking with Vanguard, he said, â€œ Anambra has fertile soil for cultivating various crops and also good soil for growing grains, especially rice. It is only apple we know that may not grow in the state.
The yam from Ogbaru, called Ada Onitsha is the best specie of yam in the country. Apart from Ogbaru where cassava, yam, rice, maize and potatoes are planted, there are other area like Anam, Aguleri and Umuleri.
It is not in doubt that almost all the Local Government areas are suitable for commercial farming. Why it seems that Anambra does not produce much food is because we play politics with agriculture, emphasis is placed mostly in the North. When you talk of irrigation projects, dams,Â silos, it is the North that is considered.”