Abakaliki – Farmers in Ebonyi have been urged to form co-operative societies to enable them benefit from the various agricultural programmes of theÂ state government and international agencies.
Mr Sunday Ituma, the Programme Manager, Ebonyi Agricultural Development Programme (ADP), gave the advice, yesterday in Abakaliki in an interview with newsmen.
Ituma said that forming co-operative societies would make the farmers stand better chances of benefiting from such programmes as against presenting themselves as individual farmers.
â€œWhen they form co-operative societies, they can be relied upon after meeting the necessary criteria to repay the loans and effectively actualise the aims of such agricultural programmes through mass participation,â€ he said.
Ituma remarked that the co-operative societies should be registered with the Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Commerce and Industry to be recognised.
â€œWe at the ADP, through our extension agents all over the communities in the state, verify the authenticity of the farmers, who form these groups and communicate to the relevant ministries,â€ he said.
The ADP manager said that the programme had been aggressively sensitising farmers on how to access the Federal Governmentâ€™sÂ N200 billion Agricultural Development Fund loan.
Ituma noted that the ADP, in liaison with the Ministry of Agriculture, had distributed over 1,700 bags of fertilisers to farmers since the last farming season.