The Anambra State Government says it is committed to ending hunger in the state by continuing with its initiatives of subsiding and providing farm input for farmers.
The Senior Special Assistant to Governor Willie Obiano on Agricultural Export, Dr Okey Okwuosa restated the commitment of the State Government as the distribution of high yield farm input continued in Awka North and South Local Government Areas of the State.
The Governor’s aide who is also the team leader for distribution of the farm input in the two local government areas said the inputs include TME419 variety of hybrid cassava stems, premium maize, liquid fertilizer, tomato and okro seeds will ensure boost in the quality and yield of farm produce cultivated in the State thereby ensuring food security and sufficiency.
Dr Okwuosa further explained that the State Government prioritized cassava, maize, tomato and okro because the State can tap from their multiple value chains and end the dependence on other regions of the country for the provision of certain staple food items.
The State Youth Leader, All Farmers Association of Nigeria, Mr Chisom Onugha and a farmer from Amawbia in Awka South Local Government Area, Mrs Rita Chike-Odumodu while commending the initiative, stated that the exercise which has become an annual ritual in the State has shown that the present administration truely understands the importance of Agriculture, praying that future administrations in the state will sustain the wins made by the Obiano administration in the agricultural sector.
Over two thousand bundles of cassava stems are being distributed to farmers in the two local government areas.