CALABAR – The Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources in Cross River has directed immediate establishment of 10 cooperative societies in each of the 18 local government areas of the state.
The Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr James Aniyom, gave the directive at an agriculture stakeholders’ meeting in Calabar on Thursday.
“The purpose of the cooperatives is to coordinate and monitor all projects within and those coming into the state for such cooperatives.
“We need real farmers and not imaginary ones who benefit from farm produce and collect loans, yet have no farm to show for it,” he said.
He said such cooperatives should cover rice, cassava, fishery, vegetables, livestock and aquaculture.[eap_ad_2]
Aniyom also directed the publication of all cooperatives in the state, including their location, saying that this would stimulate synergy among the cooperatives societies.
According to him, the Cross River Government is keen on having a database of farmers in the state and what they produce.
He promised to reach out to all `genuine’ farmers and monitor their farms with a view to providing them with logistics support when necessary.
Aniyom called for synergy among the heads of agencies under the ministry.
“As a ministry, it behooves on all head of agencies and relevant stakeholders to collaborate with one another,’’ he said. (NAN)[eap_ad_3]