Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi has advised the people of the state not to abandon their farm work and other agricultural ventures because of the general elections.
Umahi gave the advice in Abakiliki, during the launch of the 2019 farming season in the state.
He said at the event, which was attended by rice and cassava farmers, traditional rulers and beneficiaries of government’s empowerment schemes, among other stakeholders, that government had enough funds to assist farmers during the farming season.
“We have funds from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Nigerian government so farmers should register with the state ministry of agriculture and natural resources to be able to access the loans.
You only need to tell us how much fund, fertilizer and herbicides you want and how you intend to pay back because we will not profile farmers this farming season”, he said.
He said that government would only verify the farmlands to be used for cultivation but will not provide rice seedlings to farmers this year.
He further advised civil servants, who had yet to access the N4 billion agricultural loan for farmers, to register.
He, however, warned that the facility would not be treated like the issue of gratuity.
He said that voting massively for him in the election would demonstrate the people’s appreciation of all that God had used him to do for the state.
Speaking on behalf of the traditional rulers, Eze Charles Mkpuma, the Chairman of the state Traditional Rulers Council, admitted that votes were cast on clanish consideration.
The representatives of the farmers, town unions and beneficiaries of the governor’s empowerment schemes took turn to assure him of their unflinching support.