By Emma Una
CALABAR—THE Songhai faming model in which organic fertilizer is used in the cultivation of crops and vegetables has been adopted by the Federal Government in its Integrated Farming Scheme to boost food production in Akwa Ibom and Cross River States.
Managing Director of Cross River Basin Development Authority, Mr Bassey Nkposong, who stated this, Monday, while addressing the chiefs of Onna Local Government Area, revealed that the Integrated Farming Scheme is to revive agricultural production through the use of cost effective means to boost food production in the country and it involves a collaboration between the communities and the government.
“We are not buying off the land from you but partnering you to add value to your land by upgrading the soil quality with organic manure and also teach you the technique which is easy to adopt,” Nkposong told the community leaders
He said the Federal Government was keen to introduce agriculture as the viable alternative to oil and will use the 100 hectres of land donated by the communities in the area to boost agricultural activity and create employment for the youths.