- The Akwa Ibom state government is not relenting in its determination to invest heavily in agriculture
- To underscore its seriousness, Governor Udom Emmanuel has formally flagged off a farmers' enumeration exercise in the state
- Governor Emmanuel said there was a need for the people to harness the resources in the state and create wealth out of agriculture
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Governor Udom Emmanuel has formally flagged off a farmers' enumeration exercise in Akwa Ibom state with a charge on citizens to take agricultural activities as serious business.
Governor Emmanuel expressed optimism that agriculture would become a major driver of the state's economy in no time
He made the comment while being enumerated as the number one cocoa and plantain farmer in the state in the ongoing enumeration exercise facilitated by the Akwa Ibom Investment company limited-AKIICORP.
Speaking about the scheme, Governor Emmanuel said there was a need for the people to harness the resources in the state and create wealth out of agriculture.
Governor Emmanuel has never hidden his interest in agriculture. Photo credit: AKSG
He assured AKIICORP of his support to the realization of their full-cycle food value chain project that will ensure the availability of staple food across the state.
Earlier in his address, the executive director of AKIICORP, Pastor Umo Eno said the essence of the enumeration exercise is to encourage the elite class and the teeming youths in the state to embrace agriculture as a business.
He disclosed that the exercise commenced on Monday, May 25 across the 31 local government areas of the state with about 1500 enumerators deployed to cover almost 2500 villages in the state.
He noted that the data collation, when completed, will serve as a major customer base for the Ibom FADAMA microfinance bank which will soon start operations.
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Recall that Governor Emmanuel had stated that there was a need for the Akwa Ibom government to invest in the agricultural sector for sustainable development and wealth creation.
The governor made the comment while speaking at a two-day retreat on agricultural investments in the state capital, Uyo, late last year.
According to him, 80% of what is consumed in Akwa Ibom, should be produced in the state because of its rich vegetation and favourable weather.
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