By Vincent Ujumadu
ANAMBRA State Government has assured farmers in the state of continued support through policies and measures that would ensure high yield and make agriculture attractive.
Speaking at the formal launch of the Stateâ€™s 2010 Farming Season at the Ministry of Agriculture, Awka, Governor Peter Obi, said government was aware of the importance of strategic inputs in the transformation of the production base of the agricultural sector and promised the completion of the state-owned fertilizer plant under construction.
He also promised that government will continue to scale up the quantity of fertilizer procurement and distribution to beneficiary farmers at the grassroots at a subsidized rate.
According to him, government had procured a total of 4,350 metric tones of assorted fertilizers valued at N343.69 million for distribution to farmers at 25 percent subsidized rate, adding that the distribution of the fertilizer had already begun.
â€œIt is on record that this administration is pursuing its agricultural policies with vigour as substantial achievements have been recorded in the sector. All counterpart cash contributions for all externally sponsored agricultural programmes were paid in full. These programmes include FADAMA III, National Programme for Food Security, NPFS, Root and Tuber Expansion Programme, RTEP, and IFAD-Assisted RUFIN Programme,â€ Obi said.
The Governor also said that his administration had concluded plans to resuscitate Anambra State Integrated Livestock Company at Nkwelle Ezunaka in partnership with AMBRA Investicorp, adding that the Federal Government has acceded to the request for the transfer of the giant Rice Mill at Omor to the state for resuscitation and proper management with a reputable private co-investor.
He assured the people that his second tenure will continue to address the problems facing the agricultural sector by way of creating a better environment that will also increase the welfare and productivity of farmers in the state.