It line with its drive to fashion out a comprehensive agricultural policy for the state, the Delta Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Hon. Julius Egbedi, has indicated the state government’s readiness to partner the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the Agriculture Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN).
Hon. Egbedi stated this when the officials of IFPRI and ARCN paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Asaba.
The commissioner who said that agriculture policy in the state was before now handled by Partnership Initiative in the Niger Delta (PIND) stated that the ministry would give every encouragement and the necessary backing in order for the partners to have a good working environment to help in developing a good agricultural policy for the state.
According to Egbedi, “Whether we like it or not, agriculture will be the main stay of the economy of the country in the near future. As it is now, the price of oil is going down and it will not stay forever, but in agriculture you can continue to plant and replant.”
The commissioner commended IFPRI and ARCN for the initiative of organizing training for farmers and others in the state to improve their service delivery and performance.
Earlier, the Monitoring and Evaluation Personnel of IFPRI, Mr Fasoranti Adetunji, who was in the company of the Project Management Specialist of ARCN, Dr Gabriel Malomo, intimated the commissioner that they were in the state to organise a 3-day workshop for monitoring and evaluation which will translate to service delivery on the ministry side and the ministry of agriculture is a key stakeholder in their project.
Mr Adetunji stated that the mandate of IFPRI was to work with key stakeholders to improve on their service delivery, efficiency and performance.