The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Abia Agricultural Development Programme (ADP) on Monday commenced collation of data of genuine farmers in the state.
Mr Isreal Amanze, Programme Manager told newsmen in Umuahia that the essence of the exercise was to generate a comprehensive data bank of farmers in the state.
According to him, farmers’ data bank will help in the distribution of palliatives and post-COVID-19 economic stimulus packages for farmers in the state.
He explained that the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, in collaboration with the state Ministry of Agriculture ordered the registration of farmers in every ward of the state.
“The essence of the registration is to gather and confirm data of real farmers for palliative and post COVID-19 stimulus packages.
“ADP has deployed trained professionals to educate farmers on the relevance of the exercise and register the farmers in the various communities in Abia.
“The enumerators will meet the farmers to get their coordinates and will ensure they visit their farms so that accurate data are documented appropriately.
“The registration exercise has commenced today and will last for 10 days, but we are appealing to the Federal Government to extend the period given for the exercise,” he said.
He urged traditional rulers, clergymen and leaders of farmers associations, to encourage the farmers in their communities to cooperate with the enumerators to ensure success of the exercise.
Amanze said the exercise had created an ample opportunity for the government to eliminate “portfolio farmers” from the system.
He said that it was expected that subsistence and commercial farmers would be reached and assisted to enhance their capacities.
Amanze described the initiative as a welcome development, adding that it would improve food security and boost the economy of the state, as well as the nation at large.https://nnn.ng/stimulus-fg-adp-commence-collation-of-data-of-genuine-farmers-in-abia/