Consultant Tasks A’Ibom Farmers On Plantain, Banana Cultivation
A consultant on hybrid plantain and banana suckers has emphasized the need for Akwa Ibom people to embrace the cultivation of plantain and banana on large hectares of land in their respective communities.
The consultant, Mrs Precious Awesome, said in Uyo at a special meeting she held with representatives of the 31 local government areas, that the call became imperative in view of the fact that plantain and banana cultivation have more than 120 value chains.
Awesome noted that since the weather condition and soil fertility of Akwa Ibom were favourable to the cultivation of plantain and banana, efforts should be intensified by all and sundry in making optimal utilization of available land for the planting of the crops to encourage industrialization in the state.
Plantain and banana stems, she said, are raw materials for the production of lawyer’s wig; baby diapers, fabrics for clothings and many other industrial products, describing the crops as gold mines for the people of the state to identify with.
She said available plantain and banana in the state were not enough raw materials for industrial take off, advising the people of the state to visit officials of the Technical Committee on Agriculture and Food Sufficiency in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom capital, for the supply of the hybrid suckers free of charge for planting.
Awesome said foreign and technical partners are willing and ready to invest in processing the crops into finished products for job and wealth creation for thousands of Akwa Ibom people and regretted that the crops are not in abundance for immediate industrial take off in the state.
She described everything in plantain and banana, from the stem to the leaves and the ones that we normally eat either as ripe or unripe, as valuable assets that could be processed into beverages for human consumption and several other industrial products.
She explained that massive cultivation of plantain and banana by people would ensure food sufficiency in the state in addition to improving the economy of the state.
She declared her willingness to train as many indigenes of the state that approach her on the way and method of using plantain and banana to generate income for themselves.
Her words: “My job is to show the people of the state how they can use plantain and banana and make money. I have the capacity to train 300 youths per local government area on the possibilities of processing plantain and banana into finished products.