The Cross River Basin Development Authority has received 100 hectares of land from a community for the cultivation of rice.
The Managing Director of the agency, Bassey Nkposong said that Akim Akim community in Odukpani Local Government Area donated vast expanse of land to enhance its rice cultivation programme.
“The management of the Cross River Basin Development Authority is very grateful to the Akim Akim people for supporting the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari to boost food sufficiency in Nigeria.
“President Buhari is committed to engaging our youths in profitable ventures in the agriculture sector. That is why we requested for partnership with communities both in Cross River and Akwa Ibom States and we are delighted at the responses we have gotten.
“This partnership means a lot to us especially as land has been scares and we promise to ensure judicious use of the land” Nkposong explained.
The clan head of Akim Akim community, Pius Bassey said that the donation was to assist the Authority in its agricultural diversification programmes and create avenues for youths to be involved in viable economic ventures.
“We need this partnership to gainfully engage our youths and we are assuring you of our commitment to creating a conducive environment that would make for the successful cultivation of the land,” Bassey assured.
Other communities such as Eto Mkpe Edem-Archibong and Eto Mkpe Yellow-Duke in Akpabuyo Local Government Area of Cross River State also donated several hectares of land to the authority.