AFAN Lauds Gov Emmanuel On Farm Inputs To Members
Governor Udom Emmanuel has received a pat on the back from the leadership of All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Akwa Ibom Chapter, for providing improved cassava cuttings to farmers in the state, free of charge.
The chairman of the state chapter of AFAN, Prince Bassey Inwang, made the commendation at the premises of the Technical Committee on Agriculture and Food Sufficiency, Uyo, where he presented bundles of improved cassava cuttings to farmers in the state.
Inwang, while presenting bundles of 419 cassava cuttings to Kenneth Attah of Ibesikpo Asutan; Idongesit Ukaetuk from Ikono; and Uwem Mboribo, a farmer from Ini Local Government, among others, noted with delight that with the timely distribution of farm inputs to farmers there shall be bumper harvest in the state next year.
Describing agriculture as a time bound business venture, Inwang appreciated Governor Emmanuel for providing cassava processing mills at different locations to guard against cassava clot in the state.
The chairman was optimistic that with the establishment of upgraded cassava processing mills in the state, cassava tubbers would be processed into cassava flour; cassava chips; odourless foofoo and garri, while cassava peels would be used in feeding livestock.
He advised the beneficiaries of the improved cassava cuttings to make effective application of the stems in their farms for the state to attain food sufficiency and banish hunger.
Farmers in the state, he said, appreciate Governor Emmanuel for ensuring the establishment of rice processing mill in Ini Local Government Area for easy access to rice farmers in the state.
His words: “We have many rice farmers in the state who constituted themselves into Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN).
“In the nearest future people from other states in the country would be coming to Akwa Ibom to either buy or process their rice as part of commerce,” he maintained.
Inwang specifically thanked Governor Emmanuel for appointing Dr Glory Edet as the commissioner for agriculture and women affairs, expressing optimism that with Edet on the saddle, there would be agricultural revolution in the state.
He pledged farmers’ total loyalty and cooperation for Edet to succeed as commissioner for agriculture and women affairs and Governor Emmanuel to land well in 2023 as the state governor.
Mr Uwem Mboribo, while responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, promised to cultivate the improved cassava cuttings in their farms to enable them contribute to food security in the state.
Mboribo used the opportunity to appeal to the state government for the provision of fertilizer at subsidized prices and the supply of improved seedlings to farmers as an encouragement for them to do more in the state.