Enugu Govt. pledges to unite AFAN, reposition agriculture
The Permanent Secretary, Enugu State Ministry of Agriculture, Mr Edwin Eze, says his office will unite the two factions of the state chapter of All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN).
Eze told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Thursday that he would work to reposition the ministry and equip farmers to engage best international agricultural practices.
He noted that farmers should be in a position to use latest agricultural knowledge to enhance their yield for more profit as well as boost export for the state.
``It is now very important to the state government and the ministry to reposition agriculture and agro-allied production to enhance the economy of the state.
``And we can only achieve this when the present factionalised Enugu State Chapter of All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) is united with knowledge to go round and be shared.
``On the repositioning; education on best and high-yielding agricultural crops and processing practices is best way out.
``We would be having workshops and seminars in the ministry and various farming communities in order to practically show farmers how to do it.
``Knowledge of new farming methods would help farmers in the state and spur them to enlarge their farming scope and enterprise,’’ he said.
Eze also said that the ministry would partner with media to sensitise farmers, especially through the radio and television.
``Enugu State must be major player in agricultural and agro-allied export in Nigeria, since we already have an international airport to facilitate this move,’’ he added.