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Government distributes free inputs to farmers ahead planting season — Onukwuba

Awka-Anambra State Government distributed farm inputs like seedlings, fertilisers and other chemicals to farmers across the state to improve their yield and reduce overhead costs.

Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Nnamdi Onukwuba said this as a guest during a `Meet The Media’ interactive forum created by the Governor’s Media Group to interface with critical Government functionaries.

The event was held at the HOS Conference Hall, Jerome Udoji Secretariat, Awka.

According to him, Gov. Willie Obiano had during one of his COVID-19 special broadcasts promised that the government will freely distribute farm inputs.

The governor had said then he also present to them implements for cultivation of crops, so as to cushion the effect of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The commissioner noted that farming which was previously abandoned for only rural dwellers had now become very attractive to everybody including urban dwellers in view of the present government’s enormous investments in the sector.

Mr Onukwuba revealed that the free farm input distribution was flagged off at Nteje, Headquarters of Oyi Local Government Area on April 29.

At the event some of the items shared include about 15, 000 bundles of cassava stems, 2,000 bags of organic fertilisers, 2,000 bags of lime, biofertilisers, treated maize and Okro seedlings.

Mr Onukwuba pointed out that the government also provided donor agencies with counterpart funding in setting up aggregation points to provide processing and storage facilities for smallholder farmers in order to cut wastages.

He noted that the effort was aimed at ensuring food sufficiency in the state throughout the year by taking off pressures from farmers by purchasing their produce to store properly instead of allowing them to sell off at cheap prices.

Source: Anambra State Government