Ebonyi's one-man, one hectare agric programme begins as youths get cheques
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The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, on Monday flagged of the Governor David Umahi administration's one-man, one hectare agricultural programme in the state.
|The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh & Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi|
Speaking at the Abakaliki Township Stadium where thousands of women and youths had gathered to witness the grand finale of events, Ogbeh pledged Federal Government's support to Ebonyi State in its agricultural programme.
"Today, I assure you that we shall join hands with you to make your rice production plan work. We shall make sure you get the best seed, especially the F.44. It is about the national standard we have because in Nigeria today, there are over 70 varieties of rice. We cannot grow all."
The minister, who also promised to bring rice harvesters and threshers to Ebonyi State, commended Governor Umahi for the robust agricultural programme, especially the one-man, one-hectare policy.
Challenging politicians and civil servants to have a second address in agriculture, he said that poverty in the country was not acceptable.
He explained that there was hunger in the country today because Nigerians had been lazy in the past by focussing on oil and importation of everything, including toothpicks.
Ogbeh, who in company with Umahi, later gave out a symbolic cheque to one of the beneficiaries of the state's youth and women empowerment programme, told the youth that the governor, had by his actions "handed over the key to prosperity" to them.
Umahi had in his opening remarks explained that the agricultural programme was aimed at ensuring food security for the state and the country. He said his administration had among others, procured 40 tractors, distributed farm seedlings and gotten soft loans for genuine farmers in the state.