ANAMBRA has rolled out plans to bring rural farmers into the state government’s regenerative farming policies.
Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Foster Ihejiofor, stated this during an event in his office in Agricultural Development Programme (ADP) premises, Awka.
While charging the newly graduated farmers from the FGN IFAD VCDP Farmer Field Business Schools (FFBS) selected from eight participating council areas to sensitise and educate other farmers on the need to migrate to regenerative agriculture, Ihejiofor also urged them to key into his four cannons: “I hear, I see, I do and I believe,” while working along the four principles of FFBS: processing place, farming and market areas.
Addressing the graduates, Anmabra State Programme Coordinator of FGN IFAD VCDP, Nnamdi Agwuncha explained that Farmer Field Business School was established to sharpen the farmer’s ability to make critical and informed decision which renders their activities profitable and sustainable among other things.
Contributing, Anambra State Agricultural Production Officer of FGN IFAD VCDP, Emmanuel Chukwukwelu said Farmer Field Business School is composed of group of farmers with common interest, who meet regularly, especially during the season, to experiment with new production, processing and marketing options.
Some of the beneficiaries, including a rice farmer from Igbakwu in Ayamelum Council Area, Mrs. Beatrice Okoye, and a cassava farmer from Awgbu in Orumba North Council Area, Mr. Chidi Okpala, said the benefits of Farmer Field Business School are immeasurable starting from its practical, capacity building to high yield and market linkages among others.
It will be recalled that Farmer Field Business School originated in Indonesia before it was introduced in Nigeria in 2004 by National Programme for Food Security (NPFS).