Small holder farmers in the state have been given more reason to rejoice under the Stronger Delta agenda of Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, as the Delta State Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr. Julius Egbedi, today flagged of the year 2020 Edition of the Anchor Borrowers Wet Season Cassava Farming, an initiative of the Central Bank of Nigeria in conjunction with the Delta State Government.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Commissioner reiterated the state government’s commitment to providing food security for Deltans as well as boosting the economy of the state through agriculture saying that much effort is being made to diversify the state’s economy especially through farming.
He further revealed that in the coming weeks a new initiative from the Central Bank of Nigeria, the Five Star Cassava Project, which targets the establishment of cassava farms on five thousand hectares of land across the state, would be rolled out to further better the lot of farmers in the country as well as improve the food security in the state.
Speaking further, Mr. Egbedi commended the Central Bank of Nigeriafor their role in reviving the agricultural industry in the country, even as he charged the participating farmers to take the initiative seriously so as to fully access the major benefits of the initiative.
High point of the ceremony was the presentation of cassava stems and fertilizer to participating farmers and planting of cassava stems by the Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources and executives of the stakeholder bodies.
Present at the ceremony was the Acting Head of the Development Finance Office, Central Bank of Nigeria, Asaba Branch, Mr. Elias Nworie, the Chairman, Nigeria Cassava Growers Association (Delta State Chapter), Obie Helen, and representatives of the Nigeria Agricultural Insurance Corporation, NIRSAL Microfinance Bank.