Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra has inaugurated a Farmers Support (FS) Initiative, to eradicate extreme poverty among rural farmers in the state.
Speaking at the occasion at Aguleri in Anambra East Local Government Area, Obiano said his administration had earmarked N300 million as loans for farmers in the coming farming season.
Obiano, who was represented by the State Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. AfamMbanefo, expressed commitment to eradicating poverty through agriculture.
He, however, urged farmers, yet to repay their previous loans to do so.
He said participation of youths in agriculture had risen from eight per cent to 25 per cent since he became governor in March 2014.
According to him, women currently occupy over 60 per cent of the farming population, with men coming below 40 per cent, pledging 100 per cent support for the project in the state.
The initiative is a UK-based International Development Organisation that promotes farming in Africa and Asia. It is in collaboration with the State Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture and the State Ministry of Agriculture.
In his remarks, the International Director of FS Initiative, Mr. IkennaOffor, explained that the five-year multi-million naira project was designed to address subsistence and peasant level of farming.
According to him, the organisation also plans to assist farmers with grants, farm seedlings and inputs on a path to sustainable development.