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Jonathan’s agricultural transformation agenda beneficial to Abia – Orji

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UMUAHIA – Gov. Theodore Orji of Abia said on Thursday that President Goodluck Jonathan’s Agricultural Transformation Agenda had helped the state to develop its agricultural sector.
Interacting with newsmen in Umuahia, Orji noted that the programme had brought appreciable transformation to the agricultural sector in the country.
‘’The agricultural agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan is working very well in the various zones of the country and the evidence is there for you to see,’’ he said.
He cited the N1 billion granted to farmers in Abia by the Federal Government as a demonstration of its genuine commitment to the development of the sector.
The governor said the grant, which was disbursed to farmers in 2012, had benefited the state.
He said that in line with the transformation agenda, the state had established liberation farms in its three senatorial zones.
He said that many youths had been trained in different aspects of farming, pointing out that the initiative would help to create jobs for them.
The governor lauded the Minister of Agriculture, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, for introducing a number of innovations in the sector, especially in the sale of fertilisers.
‘’Since his appointment as a minister, we have not had any scandal in the sale of fertilisers,’’ he said.
Orji noted that farmers could now buy the product through the banks and commended the president’s dry season farming initiative recently launched in the northern parts of the country.
He said the initiative would strengthen the nation’s drive for food security.
Orji expressed happiness with Tuesday’s award of the Agriculture Governor of the Year at the third edition of AGRIKEXPO in Abuja.
He described the award, presented at the Pan Africa International Agriculture Exhibition and Conferences, as ‘’a recognition of our excellent performance in the agricultural sector’’. (NAN)

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