In pursuit of her avowed commitment to ensure food sufficiency, the Akwa Ibom State Government through the Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development has disbursed farm inputs and assets to farmers in Oruk Anam Local Government Area.

Presenting the items to farmers the Commissioner for Agriculture & Rural Development, Dr. Offiong Offor reiterated government’s preparedness to boost agricultual production, both in crop
and animal husbandry.

Offor, was represented by the Head of AK-CARES Result Area 2, Mr Richard Sam, encouraged beneficiaries to harness the inputs, in order to obtain bountiful yields, towards curbing the current high prices of food items.

She informed them that, in line with the guidelines of the AK-CARES Phase 2 programme, three inspection teams will closely monitor the progress of their farms or Small Scale Enterprises.

In their separate goodwill messages, the Director, Animal Husbandry, Dr. Namokwo Orok, the Transition Secretary, Oruk Anam Local Government Council, Hon Itoro Simon, and the Secretary, Nka Unwana Farmers Community Association, Mrs Ekaette Sunday, acknowledged Governor Umo Eno’s support to local farmers, towards increasing agricultural production.

They urged the recipients to properly utilize the resources, for the overall attainment of the programme’ laid down objectives.

In an interview with journalists, Felicia Uduakobong and others expressed appreciation for the governor’s generosity, and pledged to contribute to the State government’s ARISE Agenda, which places premium on agriculture and rural development.

A technical officer, in the Ministry, Mr Jove Obot
refreshed the minds of the farmers on the fundamentals of poultry farming techniques and provided answers to questions raised by the beneficiaries.

High point of the event was the distribution of feeds, day old chicks and Oil Palm Processing equipment to the beneficiaries and farming groups by the Commissioner.

AK-CARES Phase 2, is a COVID-19 Action Recovery Economic Stimulus, sponsored by the Akwa Ibom State Government, Federal Government and the World Bank, to ameliorate the adverse effects of the pandemic.

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