Akwa Ibom farmers have been reminded of the need for them to have implicit faith in God as they march into the 2022 farming year for them to record bountiful harvests.
The preacher at Church Of Christ, Afaha Offot in Uyo,Idongesit Ekpo, gave the charge when the state chairman of All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Prince Bassey Inwang, led his members on a Thanksgiving Service and Dedication of the 2022 farming year to God.
Ekpo, in a sermon with the theme “God is able”, taken fromthe book of Daniel 3:16-18 and Isaiah 43:2, assured farmers of God’s capacity to protect them against any form of challenges during the 2022 farming year.
He urged farmers to always commit their agricultural production to God in prayer for their land to be healed against any form of affliction and insect attacks of crops this year, noting with delight that their thanksgiving and dedication of the farming were acceptable to God.
Attended by Akwa Ibom Market Women Association, Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) Ibiono Ibom Chapter, Forum of Supervisors of Agriculture in the Local Government Councils, WALIF, Iban Uto Inwang Akwa Ibom, among others, the clergy also urged farmers to be involved in knowledge acquisition to enable them do well in their agricultural production.
His words: “AFAN is a school. For farmers to succeed you should acquire knowledge of modern farming techniques to enable you all to do well in your respective farms during this year’s farming season.”
He advised Akwa Ibom farmers against fighting their leadership but to work in one accord for the best to be achieved in food production in the state.
Ekpo said with commitment and dedication to service, on the part of farmers, God will restore what they lost last year and grant them bountiful harvests so that they will be able to supply agricultural produce to other states in the country.
He prayed against accident for farmers and for God to heal the land of Akwa Ibom to encourage high production of food crops in the state this year.
The state chairman, Prince Bassey Inwang, explained that the thanksgiving service and dedication of the 2022 farming year to God was organized to ensure the protection of his members against any form of affliction in their collective and individual farms.
Inwang said his members were in the church to thank God for protecting them with their families throughout last farming year, as well as to seek the face of God for their protection and divine healing of the land for high crop yields this farming season.
The AFAN chairman, who was flanked by his wife, Kate, his deputy, Mr Joseph Imang; Vice chairman, Mr Monday Umoh; Secretary, Paulinus Anquai; Treasurer, Obonganwan Margaret Inyang, among other officers, presented the church’s preacher with a tin of improved tomatoes, okro seeds as well as yam seed for cultivation this farming season.
Goodwill messages were received from the chairman, Forum of Supervisors for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Local Government Councils, Mr Joseph Imang; President, Iban Uto Inwang, Obonganwan Magdalene Udom and that of WALIF, Obonganwan Theresa Akpan, on the occasion where prayers were offered for the state governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel; commissioner for agriculture, Dr Glory Edet; and the leadership and membership of AFAN in the state.