Tractors for farming
The Enugu State government has ordered the production of Enugu State Farmers database on the identities and activities of registered subsistent and commercial farms in the state.
The state’s Commissioner for Information Mr. Chuks Ugwoke who disclosed this at a press briefing in Enugu noted that the production of the database would in addition enhance efficient agro-input among which were fertilizers, improved seeds and agro chemicals’ distribution to the real farmers
In a press statement sent to THISDAY by the Chief Pres Secretary to the Governor,Mr Chukwudi Achife, Ugwoke said that the council had approved over N50 million for the acquisition of 15 tractors, implements and spare parts allocated to the state by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture.
He recalled that this number was in addition to the 27 tractors already purchased by government in the first quarters of 2011.
Commissioner Ugwoke observed that the acquisition of the tractors would make them easily available to the farmers at highly subsidized rates and in turn increase agric outputs in line with Governor Sullivan Chime’s envisaged mechanization of agriculture.
The Commissioner who was accompanied by his Lands and Urban Development and Sports counterpart, Mr. Emeka Ujam and Chijioke Agu as well as the Special Adviser to Governor on Servicom, Mr. Sylvanus Ononyima also disclosed that the council.
The council also approved over one hundred million naira for the electrification of four communities in three local government areas of
the state under partnership agreement between the benefiting council areas and the state government at 60% - 40% funding ratio.
The benefiting communities of the contract which will be executed under direct labour are Obunofia-Ndiagu in Ezeagu local government, Obimo in Nsukka, Uvuru and Nkpologu in Uzo-Uwani local government.
A breakdown of the sum shows that government will contribute over thirty million naira (N30,970,663) and Ezeagu local government over twenty million naira (N20,647,109,20k) for the electrification at Obunofia Ndiagu community. For electrification of Obimo, Uvuru and Nkpologu communities, government will pay over thirty-six million naira (N36,421,738.80k) , while Nsukka and Uzo Uwani will bear the remaining cost as it affect their areas.