Dr. Gabriel Okenwa, Executive Director of Partnerships and Strategy of Bank of Agriculture (BOA), says that the inauguration of the 2019 National Farming Season, will hold in Abia state, South-East Nigeria. Okenwa made this disclosure when officials of the bank paid a courtesy visit to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia, in the government house, Umuahia .
He said that the decision was informed by the successes recorded by the state government, in the production of cash crops and horticulture in Abia.
Okenwa explained that the National Farming Season is an annual event organised to boost agricultural productivity in the nation, adding that the bank would disburse a farming loan of N250,000 to properly documented small holder farmers, through their cooperative societies during the inauguration.
He commended the state government for the efforts it had made, in readiness to ensure a successful hosting of the programme in Abia.
He said that the bank is willing to partner with Abia government, adding that it had established its presence in Umuahia, Obehie, as well as Isuochi, and plans were underway to open more branches in Abia.
In his speech, Governor Ikpeazu said that the state government would not relent in evolving programmes and policies that would boost agricultural production in the state.
The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Mr. Ude Oko-Chukwu, said that the present administration is committed to promoting ventures that would yield food security in Abia.
He expressed the readiness of the state government to ensure the success of the inauguration of the 2019 National Farming Season in Abia, and inaugurated a Six-man committee to plan the event.
Ikpeazu charged members of the committee to work assiduously to ensure that the purpose for organising the event would be realised.
In her response, Mrs Uzoamaka Ikonne, the Chairman of the 2019 National Farming Season Inauguration Committee, expressed gratitude for the opportunity to serve.
Ikonne expressed hope that the programme would open more frontiers for agricultural development in Abia and the nation at large.