The recently inaugurated committee on Community farm Development Programme has embarked on tour of communities of the state to identify and supervise unencumbered farm land provided by various communities for agricultural production.
The committee visited Ihala, Okaji and Ubuluisiuzo communities in Ihala LGA to inspect over 200 hectares of land provided by the communities with Ubuluisiuzo leading with 120 hectares.
Presenting communal land to the team, the traditional Ruler of the Community, Igwe John Ozurumba expressed happiness that the State Government has identified Ubuluisiuzo as one of the beneficiaries of the community would provide more land whenever they are needed.
He stated that as an agrarian community, they are willing to support the state government to ensure that the objectives of the programme are realized.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Agriculture, Mechanization, Processing and Export and Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Afam Mbanefo explained that the Community Farm Development programme was designed by government to empower youths and women through agriculture.
Hon. Mbanefo who was represented by the project Manager, Rice, Mr Jude Nwankwo maintained that committee is working assiduously to meet the mandate given by the state Governor, Chief Willie Obano, adding that agric inputs such as tractorization services seeds and chemicals would be provided by the state government.
The Commissioner called on the various communities in the state to identify all encumbered land in their communities, and form co-operatives to qualify for participation in the programme adding that his ministry had arranged with off takers to buy any quantity of agricultural produce grown in the state.