By Uloma Amadi, AbakalikiÂ
Ebonyi State Government has revved up its agricultural programme by mapping and allocating land to members of the Executive Council to undertake rice production.Â The event that took place at Ezillo Government Farm in Ishielu Local Government Area is the first phase of Governor David Umahi’a policy to involve every segment of the society in massive rice production.
Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resource, Uchenna Orji led a team comprising Agricultural Extension workers and officials of IFADÂ to carry out the exercise on Saturday.Â
According to a statement on issued Monday by the Chief Press Secretary to the state governor, MrÂ Emma Anya, Orji said 140 hectares of land had been allocated to the EXCO members for the cultivation of rice under the Multi-Purpose Co-operative Society Ltd in line with IFAD requirementÂ for co operative system andÂ the CBNÂ
The remaining 1,360 hectares were set aside for other cooperative societies and individuals that have already keyed into the policyÂ Â through the IFAD and CBN -anchor borrowers programme.Â
Orji, who described the agricÂ programmeÂ of the Umahi administration as all inclusive,saidÂ tractors would be mobilised to the site immediately in line with the governor’s vision of massive rice production for commercial quantity.Â
He added, “We do expect that through the Senior Special Assistant on rice production, Chief Itakpa Azobu, that latest by Monday, July 4,we willÂ mobilize our tractors to come here.
“It is in line with governor’s vision that we should not only go into mechanization of farming, we should go commercial. We are going to express that this 2016 farming season.”Â
In an interview, the Commissioner for Information and State Orientation, Senator Emmanuel Onwe said it was EXCO’s decision that any individual of mature age,whether government appointee or civil servant must cultivate at least one orÂ twoÂ hectares of land to boost agriculture in the state.