The state Coordinator of FADAMA III Additional Financing (AFII) programme in Anambra, Chukwuka Egbueh has commended the state government for working on agricultural programmes targetted at boosting food security in the state.
He said in Awka on Wednesday that Governor Willie Obiano had embarked on progrannes that would impact positively on the people of the state.
“Governor Obiano has done well by promptly paying the state’s counterpart funds for the FADAMA III projects. This has been attested to by international donors,” he said.
Egbueh explained that the governor had compelted irrigation projects as well as construction of roads to connect rural areas in the state.
“First is the completion of the five irrigation projects at Ogboji, Ihiala 1, 2, Ogbaru and Ifite-Ogwari by the first quarter of this year to facilitate all-season farming and the construction of 44.5km roads to open up the rural areas.
“The second is the use of technology to revolutionalise agriculture and attain greater yield in the state, with the aid of standard laboratory facilities that are put in place,” he further said.
He disclosed that the state government was planning to disburse grants to 240 graduates already shortlisted to start various agricultural projects.
“240 graduates were shortlisted for financial support which will make them go into full-scale farming. These individuals were chosen from those that applied, after going through various stages of interview. So, their seriousness was not in doubt. They have been sent text messages, informing them to get ready for their financial mobilisation,” he said.