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Obiano Flags Off 2018 Planting Season, Launches App For farmers.

By Obika Chidiebele.

In furtherance to his Agricultural revolution in Anambra state, Gov Willie Obiano today, at the Central School Field, Atani, Launched the 2018 Planting Season.

The venue which was filled to capacity with farmers, had a rich exhibition of varieties of farm produce, which range from casava to Plantain, Coco yam, Oranges, palm fruits, fruited pumpkins, vegetables, Anambra Rice, casava stems and many others. Other farm implements like harrower, tractors, motor cycles, fertilizers and many other seeds/seedlings were equally on display.

The governor who was conducted round the field by the Honourable Commissioner for Agriculture, Hon Afam Mbanefo and other Aides, appreciated the farmers for their efforts which have seen to higher harvest in the state.

Speaking at the launch, Gov Obiano informed the farmers that he will inject N4b into agriculture this season, stressing that the harvest of this year would be doubled. He further declared that more improved seeds, fertilizers, have been procured and will soon be distributed.

In his remarks, the Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Afam Mbanefo informed governor Obiano that since his administration the number of farmers had doubled over the years with about 25% of youths joining the sector against the previous 10%. He said that the state targets about 700000 metric tons of rice this year as against the current 325000.

In his address of welcome, the Chairman of Ogbaru LGA, Hon Awogu Arinze, appreciated the governor for choosing Ogbaru as the venue for the launch of the 2018 planting season. He informed Gov Obiano that Ogbaru people are predominantly farmers and have consistently been part of the success stories of the Agricultural sector of the state.

Mr Nnamdi Ibezi, representative of the Minister, Federal Ministry of Agriculture in Nigeria, appreciated the efforts of governor Willie Obiano in Agriculture. In his words, "Gov Obiano made Anambra state zero tolerant to hunger. "You are a game changer in Agriculture". We thank you Sir. Anambra and the Federal Government have what i call, 'policy alignment', as what we do at the Ministry of Agriculture is being replicated here by Gov Obiano".

In his remarks, the representative of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr CM Sokari observed that, the CBN in 2016 empowered about 500 Anambra farmers. He stressed the need for farmers to key into the anchor-borrowers program of the Bank, which according to him, is open to all farmers.

Highlights of the occasion include the demonstration of planting of casava stem by Gov Willie Obiano, unveiling of the App for farmers, presentation of ID cards, and cheques to select farmers.

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