Governor Sullivan Chime
By Sunday Okobi
Enugu State Government has said that farmers in the state would be positively impacted with the ongoing Commercial Agricultural Development Project (CADP) initiated last year by the administration of Governor Sullivan Chime, which it said “is on the right track.”
The state Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Prof. Martin Anikwe, made the observation recently when he visited CADP stand at the just-concluded 23rd Enugu International Trade Fair.
He stated that the state government under the leadership of Chime embarked upon the project and other agric-related projects in its resolve to bring back agriculture to its past status in the state; hence making it attractive for the youths.
Anikwe said the project has impacted positively on the farmers in particular and the people in general in the state, and charged the workers of CADP to always follow the guidelines of the project to achieve the aim of state government’s huge investment in the project.
Speaking at the trade fair, the state Project Coordinator, Mr. Nduaguba Robinson, highlighted the main objectives of the project. These, according to him, are principally to assist commercial farmers to increase agricultural output, provide food for the citizens of the state in particular and Nigeria in general and also create employment opportunities for the youths.
He observed that the project had attained an enviable height in state due to the harmonious relationship amongst the workforce of the project and the state Ministry of Agriculture, the supervising Ministry.
Also speaking, the Programme Manager, of CADP. Mr. Onyema Nwodo, said that the project “will bring about the much talked about change in agricultural sector through mechanisation of farming and commercialisation in the state economy.”
The exhibitions in the stand included those who benefited from the project through grants and input supplies.
When the Nigeria Export Promotion Council (NEPC) visited the project to carry out Needs Diagnostic Survey on poultry, pineapple and cashew value chains, it was reported that the market information Kiosk (MIK) design for the establishment of four locations in the state showed that project would enhance daily market price mentoring of products by producers, sellers and buyers respectively.
Also Chime disclosed that a total number of 28 various capacity activities were conducted since the project inception with 2,290 beneficiaries; comprising of 1,871 males and 419 female farmers.