The Akwa Ibom government, in partnership with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), has distributed yam seedlings to farmers in the state.
The distribution, which was carried out by the state Ministry of Agriculture to yam farmers in the state took place, Wednesday, at Idongesit Nkanga Secretariat field, Uyo.
The commissioner for agriculture, Dr Glory Edet, eulogized Gov Udom Emmanuel for his landmark achievements in the agricultural sector of the state and other sectors in general.
“If not for Gov Udom Emmanuel, I wonder what would have become of farmers in the state, today. During the Covid- 19 pandemic, the governor supplied inputs to farmers in their communities. Gov Udom Emmanuel has done a lot for us in the state. I’m thanking the governor profusely for his huge investments in agriculture because he has made us proud,” she said.
She also applauded NEMA and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) for backing up their words with action.
“Last October when NEMA came here, we distributed inputs to other affected farmers of the 2020 agricultural emergencies in the state and today yam farmers have taken their turn”, she added.
Edet stressed that the yam seedlings which are given free-of-charge are not to be sold or consumed but cultivated for bountiful harvests.
The project supervisor of NEMA, Mr Egwu Damian,appreciated the governor for making agriculture one of the centre pieces of his administration and thanked the commissioner for her proactiveness, while also encouraging the beneficiaries to make good use of the inputs they have received.
Goodwill messages were received from the permanent secretary of the Ministry, Mrs Mary Ukoette, the chairman, Agricultural Loans Board, Mrs Elsie Esara, chairman, AFAN, Akwa Ibom chapter, Prince Bassey Inwang and others.
The event was also attended by farming groups, agriculture stakeholders as well as directors from the ministry of agriculture.