Commissioner directs establishment of farmers’ cooperatives societies

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Ministry of Agriculture and Natural ResourcesCALABAR – The of and Natural 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 and Natural , Mr James Aniyom, gave the directive at an stakeholders’ meeting in Calabar on .

“The purpose of the cooperatives is coordinate and monitor all projects within and those coming into the state for such cooperatives.

“We need real farmers and not imaginary ones benefit from farm produce and collect loans, yet have farm show for it,” he said.

He said such cooperatives cover rice, cassava, fishery, vegetables, and aquaculture.[eap_ad_2]

Aniyom also directed the publication of all cooperatives in the state, including location, saying that this would stimulate synergy among the cooperatives societies.

According him, the Cross River Government is keen on having a database of farmers in the state and what they produce.

He promised to reach to all `genuine’ farmers and monitor farms with a view to providing them with logistics support when necessary.

Aniyom called for synergy among the heads of agencies under the .

“As a , it behooves on all head of agencies and relevant stakeholders to collaborate with one another,’’ he said. (NAN)[eap_ad_3]