By Sunny A Ijomah
Barely a week after Governor Willie Obiano flagged off the 2021 wet season farming in Anambra State the State government has already begun free distribution of high breed farm inputs to registered farmers across the State.
The farm inputs include high yield TME 4-19 cassava stems, high breed tomatoes, okra and maize seedlings all distributed through the Anambra State Ministry of Agriculture.
Our correspondent reports that already, farmers in the twenty-one Local Government Areas of the State have started receiving theirs, with expectation that during harvest, they would have made huge impact in boosting food sufficiency; a cardinal agricultural roadmap of the present administration.
Addressing the rural farmers, the Team Leader for Njikoka and Dunukofia Local Government Areas and Special Assistant to Governor Obiano on Agriculture, Mr. Obioma Mbanefo, said that the initiative was to help farmers in all the communities in the state achieve a certain harvest output.
While commending Governor Obiano for using the scheme to boost rural farming, a secondary approach to food security, Mr. Mbanefo noted that the inputs would be shared evenly among all identified farmers.
In their separate remarks, the Transition Committee Chairman, Dunukofia Local Government Area, Mr. Emeka Chinweze and the Head of Local Government Administration, Njikoka Local Government Area, Mr. Thomas Anumudu, commended the move, noting that the annual practice has had immense return.
The Director, “Ugbo azụ ụnọ” Department in the State Ministry of Agriculture, Mrs. Juliana Edochie, who also taught the farmers the different techniques for practicing farming at home, urged them to use the inputs for the best purpose.
Mrs. Gladys Okoye and Mr. Peter Amaegwu, who were among the beneficiaries said that the inputs would help them through the farming season, as well as increase their cultivation.
The Governor, in continuation of agricultural revolution in the State, had made the disbursement of farm inputs to farmers an annual fixture.
Governor Obiano also resurrected the “ugbo azụ ụnọ” and “ugbo ụmụ akwụkwọ” farming philosophy, an age-long subsistence farming culture that was practiced at homes and in schools.