The Governor of Anambra State, Mr Willie Obiano, has flagged off the 2016 farming season in Anambra.
The flagging off exercise titled “Beyond Self Sufficiency in Food Production: Thinking Globally, Acting Locally,” took place at Umunze in Orumba South local government area of the state.
The Governor said that the two years of result-driven investment in agriculture by his administration has yielded impressive results with the restoration of hope and sense of pride in the people.
He pledged that his administration would remain committed to sustaining agricultural development and scheme-supporting farmers through creativity, innovative technology, farm mechanization, provision of improved seeds.
Governor Obiano assured the farmers that he would encourage agronomic practices that will ensure bumper harvest to promote food sufficiency and export of agricultural products from Anambra State.
The Governor updated the people with some of the agricultural exploits of his administration, ranging from Anambra being the first state to export vegetables to Europe.
He also spoke about the establishment of large industrial farms that have pushed up rice production to 190 metric tons a day, leading to massive job creation and gradual filling up of the gap in rice consumption and production in the state.
He announced the disbursement of loans and improved rice seedlings and cassava cuttings.
Governor Obiano distributed improved cassava cuttings and rice seedlings worth over two million Naira to various farmers’ cooperative societies and with a symbolic driving of the tractor during the flag-off exercise.
He rounded off the exercise with the inspection of the Nawfija farmland where the tractors handed out to farmers in the area for this year’s cropping season were already preparing the land for cultivation.
The State Commissioner for Agriculture, Mechanization, Processing and Export, Mr Afam Mbanefo, revealed that the state had attracted 1.11 million dollar worth of investment in agriculture with rice and cassava production increasing by the day.