Pledges Made by Anambra govt. to Cassava and Rice, Farmers

Pledges Made by Anambra govt. to Cassava and Rice, Farmers

 

The Anambra state government has pledged to support cassava and rice farmers under the International Fund for Agricultural Development assisted Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP) in the state.

The Secretary to the state government, Prof. Solo Chukwulobelu made the pledge at a workshop themed “Enhancing Productivity and Market Opportunities for Cassava Value Chain Development.” in Onitsha on Monday.

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Chukwulobelu, who was represented by Mrs Chinyere Nwabachili, while declaring open the workshop, said capacity building for farmers, availability of information and improved seedlings were basic to achieving food sufficiency in the state, noting that the state government was working to make farming more attractive to the youth and women, the Secretary pledged government’s continued support to rice and cassava farmers.

Chukwulobelu urged the participants at the workshop to commit themselves to the programme as a way of appreciating government’s commitment towards boosting agriculture.

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The Commissioner for Agriculture, Mechanisation, Processing and Export, Mr Nnamdi Onukwuba, in his speech, said the government was poised to expand production in cassava and its value chain.

“There is also plan to address the state traditional rulers to request for lands in their various communities for the cultivation of the crops they have comparative advantages on,” Onukwuba disclosed.

The state Programme Coordinator of VCDP, Mr Nnamdi Agwuncha, while providing a rundown of achievements in the programme, said over 5,800 rice and cassava farmers had been linked to off-takers.

Agwuncha said VCDP had trained farmers on agricultural market information system and assisted them develop and prepare over 300 hectares of farmlands in the eight participating local government areas.

He further explained that the workshop was organised to bring stakeholders together to discuss challenges being faced in cassava production and its value chain.

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