BY FIDELIS EGUGBO
GOVERNOR Emmanuel Uduaghan has urged the Federal Government to pay special attention to the state’s quest to attain food security.
He said Delta State is an agricultural belt with very clement weather suitable for agricultural activities and as such, “it is important that the nation’s quest for agricultural renaissance should focus more on Delta State.”
The Governor spoke through his Deputy, Prof. Amos Utuama (SAN) at the roll out of the Growth Enhancement Support (GES) programme for cassava in Delta State.The event took place at Oleh, Isoko South Local Government Area.
“Any additional impetus to the cultivation of cassava in Delta State will yield tremendous results, because the state is already well-known for its massive production of this vital agricultural produce,” the Governor said.
While commending the Federal Ministry of Agriculture for presenting fifteen bundles of high-yield cassava varieties, fertilizer and agrolyzer to cassava farmers in the state, the Governor called for increase in inputs, not only to cassava farmers but other farmers in the state.
Governor Uduaghan disclosed that his administration’s programmes in agriculture such as the Youth Empowerment Through Agriculture (YETA), Farmers Support Programme (FSP), Commercial Agricultural Credit Scheme (CACS, including the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) arrangements such as the Obasanjo Farms Nigeria-Delta Farms Limited are yielding huge results.
“No doubt, any additional incentive from Federal Government will boost our efforts, increase food and agricultural production generally” the Governor stated.
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina who was represented by the Director, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources in Delta State, Mr Felix Kehis observed that cassava value chain products include cassava chips, starch, ethanol, garri, fufu, abacha, tapioca, among others and emphasised that the event was to present the high yielding cassava directly to farmers.