Akwa Ibom State government has procured 3, 000 metric tons of fertilisers for farmers for the planting season, Governor Udom Emmanuel has said.
He spoke yesterday during a-three- day Agricultural Policy and Food Summit in Uyo.
Udom, represented by his deputy, Mr. Moses Ekpo, said the state was repositioning the agricultural sector.
He said the important role of agriculture informed the need to prioritise the state’s five-point economic agenda, with agriculture as pivot to wealth creation, poverty alleviation and job creation.
“Agriculture will not only form the bedrock of my administration’s policy, but will also remain the major pre-occupation of our active populace.
“I consider the agricultural sector as the true foundation of our local economy, given its huge potential to create value chain and sustain every other sector of the economy.
“My administration has procured 3,000 metric tons of fertilisers to ensure increased farm yield and food security.
“The Ministry of Agriculture has started distribution of fertilisers at subsidised rate to farmers for improved yield,” the governor said.
He urged youths to embrace agriculture, as it is the most sustainable source of livelihood, instead of running after politicians.
Udom said the government would provide farm inputs.
He said the summit would come up with effective strategies and policy framework to address poverty.
One of the facilitators, Prof. Obafemi Ajibola, presenting a Draft Policy Document on Agriculture and Food Sufficiency Strategy, said it was meant to formulate strategies and sustainable agriculture sector, to ensure food security.
He enjoined farmers to embrace agriculture as a business venture that would yield returns at the end of every harvest season.