Ifeanyi Okowa in China, plans big for agriculture
* Inspects rice harvesting machines
Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa who is currently attending the First Nigerian-China Governors Investment Forum has disclosed that his government was planning big for the agricultural sector.
He was quoted as saying that “a substantial number of our people are predominantly farmers residing in rural communities which is why the state government must invest heavily on agriculture and at the same time attract Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) to jack up the sector with the prime objective of delivering quantifiable prosperity to Deltans in towns, villages as well as those in riverine communities.”
The governor’s calculation is to boost mechanized farming such that farmers would have access to basic modern equipment and other necessary tools required to make farming less cumbersome and very attractive.
Okowa believes that thousands of youths shall be attracted to agric sector of the state economy if the process of farming becomes less stressful; by providing modern tools and equipment for farmers which shall in turn provide thousands of jobs, increase food production and cash crops for domestic use and exports.
The state government is therefore poised to make a reasonable number of youths and farmers millionaires in the near future by investing substantially in the agric sector.
The governor and his team at the ongoing investment forum in China inspected rice harvesting machines and got fascinated as to how farmers in Delta State would benefit if the machines are imported to boost harvesting.
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