Anambra State Registered Over 106,000 Farmers Information Data Base
Over one hundred and six thousand farmers have been profiled with the Geo map of their farms, in the State Information Data Base
His Excellency Governor Willie Obiano announced this during the Commodity Trade Promotion and Knowledge Fair organized by the state Value Chain Development Programme, IFAD assisted.
The Commodity Trade Promotion and Knowledge Fair with theme “Market and Product Development for competitive rice and cassava value chains,” kicked off at the conference hall of the ADP and ended at the VCDP stands at the just concluded state Trade Fair, at Dr.Alex Ekwueme square Awka.
Governor Obiano represented by the Commissioner for Agriculture, Mechanization, Processing and Export, Mr. Afam Mbanefo announced that the state Information System Application will be launched next week with all the extension officers in the field gathering market price of farm produce from farm gate or market at weekly or bi-weekly basis, aimed at providing linkage opportunity for farmers.
He disclosed that over two hundred hectares of farm land have been developed across seven communities in the five IFAD, VCDP participating council areas with access roads and urged farmers to approach Agriculture from business point of view.
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbe, said the statutory role of the Ministry is to primarily promote Agricultural Investment, Development Programmes,and to research for Agricultural Innovations and Productivity.
Chief Ogbe, represented by his Senior Adviser, International Donor Projects, Appeh Auta II said Agriculture should help to achieve food security, impact substitution, job creation and economic diversification.
Also speaking, the National Programme Coordinator IFAD, VCDP, Dr. Amen Onoja who appealed to the State government to set standard for farmers, noted that the workshop was aimed at interacting with critical stakeholders.
In a lecture titled, “Markets and Products Development as Effective Strategies in Rice and Cassava value chains growth,” a resource person and Dean Faculty of Management Studies Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Reverend Canon, Professor Anayo Nkamnebe, who spoke through a lecturer at Federal University of Gusau, Mr. Precious Ezeh, called on government at all levels to assist farmers with storage facilities.