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AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SUFFICIENCY
Agriculture and Food sufficiency are very critical in the wellbeing and socio-economic transformation of the people. In Akwa Ibom state, Agriculture engages over 70% of the state’s population with the capacity to catapult the state from consumption – oriented economy to a market – driven economy. With the dwindling fortunes of petroleum globally, it becomes imperative to nose-dive into massive agricultural production for increased food production towards sustainable development.
In line with this, the Udom administration has plunged into massive Agriculture with the following land marks:
• Inauguration of a Technical Committee on Agriculture and Food Security
• Resuscitation and sustainability of Cocoa Production in the State through the establishment of Cocoa Development Committee.
• Establishment of 22 hectares of improved Cocoa Plantations in 6 Local Government Areas namely: Ini, Essien Udim, Mkpat Enin, Ikono, Abak and Ukanafun.
• Establishment of 35 hectares of improved Oil Palm Plantations in 15 Local Government Areas namely: Ikono, Itu, Ibiono Ibom, Okobo, Ini, Abak, Ikot Ekpene, Uyo, Obot Akara, Uruan, Eket, Essien Udim and Ibewsikpo Asutan.
• Loan recovery from Commercial Farmers to the tune of N4,062,000.00
• Revenue generation of N875,550.00 by the Veterinary Department of the Ministry
• Visit to Obo Annang Abattoir in Essien Udim by the Honourable Commissioner for Agriculture and his Directors to assess the State of Infrastructural decay and ensuring that the Transition Chairman of Essien Udim LGA takes immediate action to address the ugly situation
• The Ministry in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture commenced the sale of Oil Palm seedlings to Farmers in August 2015 at a subsidized rate of N180 each
• Inspection of project sites and expression of interest by The BUA Groups of company to invest in the production of Rice and Cocoa in Ini Local Government Area.
• Inspection of project sites and expression of interest by ONIDA Development Ltd., Green 2000 both of the State of Israel and OMEGA BUTLER Refineries, United Kingdom to establish Agro-Industrial Parks in the three senatorial districts of the State which will cut across Poultry, Green House, Fishery/Sea Food and Crop production.
• Expression of Interests by OFFAM Holdings Ltd. of Brazil and Harvest Enterprise, Iowa, in collaboration with WSB Consult, South Africa to equip and manage the Hatchery Project at Mbiaya Uruan and the Breeder Farm to feed the project with fertilized eggs for the production of Day Old Chicks (DOCs) in the State
• Expression of Interests by West Gate Group to manage Oil Palm Infrastructure/Reinvigoration of the sub-sector in the State
• Expression of Interests by investors to reactivate the Cassava processing Mills located at Ikot Ekang in Abak, Ikot Ndung Udoe in Ibesikpo Asutan and Ikot Okuudom in Eket
• Expression of interest by International Institute for Investment Promotion (IIIP) to establish Cassava Processing Factory in the State.
• Establishment of Food Safety Desk in the Ministry with dedicated telephone lines and awareness creation through radio announcements to enable the Ministry receive reports from the public on the sales of unwholesome food products to consumers.
• Expression of Interests by Union Bank, Ecobank, Enterprise Bank and Fidelity Bank to provide funds for input supplies, agricultural production, processing and marketing under the Commercial Agriculture Credit Scheme of the Central Banks.
• Registration of Farmers and Cooperatives to update the database of Farmers and Agricultural Cooperatives in the State for training and support services.
• Participation in Investment Conference held in Hotel Confidential in the State of Israel between 4th and 7th August, 2015 by the Hon. Commissioner for Agriculture
• Organization of training workshop for Farmers’ Cooperatives beneficiaries of the Rural Finance Institutions Program (RUFIN)] across the three senatorial districts on financial management and keeping of farm records under the IFAD-assisted program
• Flag-off of special cocoa maintenance scheme and training of youths on pruning.
As part of activities to commemorate his one year in Office, Akwa Ibom State Governor Mr Udom Emmanuel has performed a ground breaking for eleven thousand hectares of Coconut Plantation and Refinery Project to boast the industrialisation agenda of his administration.
The project, St Gabriel Coconut Plantation And Refinery Limited which is sited at the portion of Land which had been in contention among Ikot Abasi, Mkpat Enin and Eastern Obolo Communities is expected to provide employment for more than five hundred youths who would also undergo training in various aspects of the project.
Performing the ground breaking, Governor Emmanuel said that the Refinery would cater for the processing of Coconut which is one of the longest surviving Plant with more than three hundred and sixty five usages and a value chain that triples other economic generating ventures.
He added that the choice of the disputed land was a divine direction to cultivate and convert what would has been described a waste land to a source of wealth considering the ever- increasing demand and value of Coconut in the international market.
The Governor acknowledged that his choice of the disputed land has made it possible for the warring Communities to agree to harness their resources for a Mega buck project which would benefit of the people of the catchment Communities rather than fighting and killing themselves over it and reiterated his commitment to creatively harness the natural endowments for employment generation, wealth creation and sustainability.
The State Chief Executive therefore charged the host Communities to avail themselves of the opportunity offered by the investment to earn a living from it and create enabling environment for the industry to thrive and foster development in the area.
Coconut as nature's most endowed and benefiting tree to man pointed out that with the berth of the industry, Akwa Ibom would rank tenth in the comity of states embarking on massive Coconut planting and processing and that the eleven thousand hectares of land would cultivate 2. 1 million stands of Coconut.
2 YEARS OF WORKING BEYOND THE PROMISE
AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SUFFICIENCY
This leading sector of the country’s economy is not treated lightly by the state. The objective is to ensure food sufficiency and security as well as diversify from petro-dollar to an agro-based economy. To this end, the Udom Emmanuel administration has achieved the following:
Re-introduction of second planting season for enhanced food production and sufficiency.
Refurbishment and upgrading of three 10mt/day cassava processing factories in the 3 Senatorial Districts
Cultivation of 40 hectares of seed multiplication cassava farm in the Senatorial Districts to provide free stems to farmers.
Distribution of improved oil palm and cocoa seedlings to farmers in the state.
Extension of technical advisory services to about 350 fish farms in the State, as well as the cultivation of 300 hectares of cassava under the FADAMA III+ Financing Programme.
Establishment of Special Cocoa Maintenance Scheme (SCMS) for the training of farmers and youths on pruning/shade management, under brushing, and tree care by fumigation, to ensure improvement of yields from 300 kilogram/hectare to 2000kg/ha over 3 years period.
Zoning and mapping of the cocoa producing communities in the State, and sensitization of cocoa farmers in the 24 cocoa producing local government areas in the State.
Holding of sensitization programmes for Field Extension Officers of the Ministry of Agriculture, and those of Akwa Ibom State Agric Development Programme(AKADEP).
Importation of 1000 bags of special cocoa fertilizers from Ghana for optimal yield.
Delivery of 1000 bags of special cocoa fertilizers in September 2016.
Distribution of training kits to all participants at practical field training on cocoa.
Signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Sand Carlos of Mexico to develop 1000 hectares of cocoa farms and cocoa nursery in the State.