THE youth wing of All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Anambra State Chapter, paid a courtesy visit to the newly appointed Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs, Indigenous Artworks, Culture and Tourism, Dr Kenneth Anierobi.
Addressing the guests, the commissioner urged them to be ingenuous and more creative with agriculture rather than waiting for white collar jobs, which were nowhere to be found.
He advised them to form cooperative societies so as to access loans from the state government through the Anambra Small Business Agency (ASBA).
Dr Anierobi enjoined them to continue in their good work, noting that agriculture was vital to the state. The visit was at the commissioner’s office at the Jerome Udoji Secretariat, Awka.
He, then, accepted to be part of the stakeholder’s platform and patron of the Association.
The AFAN youth leader, Mr Chisom Onugha congratulated the commissioner on his new appointment and for the reception accorded them.
He noted that their visit was to familiarise with the ministry as well to inform the commissioner of their upcoming programmes.
“AFAN youth wing is an association that promotes young farmers and encourages the youth to go into Agriculture.
“We intend to organise a stakeholder’s summit and youth agricultural show where participants will exhibit crops harvested from their communities.
“The paramount reason for the show is to showcase the youth and their produce to the outside world for them to see the achievements of the youth in the state.
“There are lots of cultural exhibitions attached to agricultural displays such as the new yam and cocoyam festivals celebrated in the state.
“Even cooking competitions is an agriculture and cultural exhibition,” he added.
Mr Onugha, then, appealed to the commissioner, their patron as well as part of the stakeholder’s platform.