The Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources has organised a one day clinic for farmers selected for the State Government’s Broiler Out-grower Scheme.
The Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Chief Joseph Utomi, while addressing the participants stated that the clinic was organised to bring the farmers and off-takers together to be on the same page.
Chief Utomi who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Sir Austin Oghoro stated, “The State Government was ready to support farmers to produce more food and by so doing make them very wealthy.”
The Commissioner said that the programme had delayed due to the elections and other government activities, especially the winding up of government for the newly elected ones to come in, adding, “In the spirit of continuity and sincerity to Deltans and the present government’s promises of prosperity for all Deltans, the governor had ensured that what was started should be completed.”
He said that the first batch of the final list which comprised of 36 selected farmers from all over the state were ready to take off, even as he said that the loan for farmers was coming to them below the CBN interest rate of 7% with a latitude to run the scheme according to the training they had received.
The Agriculture and Natural Resources Commissioner assured the selected farmers that they would soon start to receive alerts of payment in their phones.
He admonished the selected farmers not to disappoint the people that stood as guarantor for them and take the business seriously so that they could contribute to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), of the State.
The Director of Livestock, in the ministry, Mr Julius Omonizua said, “This is the first batch of the final list, we are still expecting the second batch to come.”