Wednesday, 3 August 2016
CHIEF AUDU OGBEH: REVOLUTIONISING AGRICULTURE IN IDOMA LAND. By Noah McDickson.
Introducing Chief Audu Ogbeh is akin to the needless question of whether a Barcelona fan has heard of Lionel Messi.
Therefore, I won't bore you with such details. Rather, i will quickly go into the plans and achievements so far of Hon. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development since his assumption of duties as a minister to effectively strategies for the food needs and rural development of the most populous black nation in the world.
It is fundamental truth that in the next few years, the need to feed ourselves as a nation is Paramount due to the simple fact that reliance on petroleum products is fast dwindling.
It is on this premise that Chief Audu Ogbeh in his utmost wisdom made it a priority to revolutionise agriculture in the entire nation, with strong focus on the food basket of the nation called Benue and in IDOMA land in particular.
Health, they say is wealth.
Therefore, in his effort to boost agriculture in IDOMA Land, has commenced the renovation of the Otukpo general hospital so that farmers could access health facilities to be able to contribute effectively to the change agenda of the present administration.
The Hon. Minister has also initiated plans to begin irrigation services in Okpokwu, Ado, Oju, APa and Ohimini local government areas.
With this, it would be for all year farming activities in the area.
The minister has also put in place mechanism to boost agriculture in all rural areas of IDOMA land.
Currently, he is clearing agricultural lands at Okete in Otukpo, Igumale in Ado, Oglewu in Ohimini, Ichama in Okpokwu and iga in APa local government areas respectively.
The provision of tractors to support farmers in the areas will be made available. The minister has equally advised the IDOMA farmers to seek for agric loans through cooperative societies at reduced interest rate.
In other to ease transportation of agricultural produce from rural areas to urban cities, he has a road map on fixing rural roads in the zone.
The Hon. Minister who obviously is aware of the challenges ranging from poor access to lands, lack of access to agricultural machinery, poor access to loan facilities, youth drudgery, has began work on solving the numerous problems.
Currently, renovation of comprehensive secondary schools at Otukpa and Ulayi in Ogbadibo and Ado local governments respectively is on going. All this within eight months of his administration.
Therefore, as a well meaning and concerned Idoma son, I call on all to support EFUGO Farmer to take IDOMA and Nigeria to greater height. God bless Nigeria.