Akwa Ibom State Government says it has put in place proactive measures through Agro-rebirth programmes to bring succour to the people, even as the world is going through food crisis. INDEPENDENT reports.
Emmanuel made the assertion in Uyo on yesterday at the 2022 World Food Day, hosted by the state’s Ministry of Agriculture, with the theme, “Leave no one behind”.
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Deputized by the Deputy Governor, Mr Moses Ekpo, the Governor revealed that before the global community adopted food safety as a talking point for world food day, the state had already introduced unique Akwa Ibom initiatives in food processing, mechanization and greater hygiene, adding that the state was on top of the game in food safety protocols.
Mr Emmanuel affirmed that the government has embarked on several remedial measures including the multi-billion naira IBB way flood control project spanning three local Government Areas of Uyo, Ibesikpo Asutan and Nsit Ibom, all within the farming belt of the state as a means of tackling the menace of flooding in farming communities.
He describes the World Food Day as a global vehicle for awareness creation about hunger, malnutrition and the need for sustainable food production, which he said was a critical sector in the state’s economy.
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According to him, people across the world are struggling to cope with the aftermath of the Covid 19 pandemic, adding that, given the impact of armed conflicts, increasing threat of climate change, flooding and rising inflation in many large economies across the world, there was a need to build sustainability in food access to enable citizens have regular access to adequate nutritious food.
Governor Emmanuel stated that among the agro-rebirth programs, the green house initiative very strategic as it was aimed at mobilizing and raising a new generation of farmers. He said the Green house technology has enabled people to register strong participation in the cultivation of shrubs like tomatoes, onions, green pepper, etc.
He further disclosed that the Dakkada Global oil, Akwapalm project in Esit Eket, awaiting commissioning, is a vote for inclusiveness since it takes away the travail of the traditional oil palm production and consequently retain peasants in the state in productive agricultural activities.
“Indeed, here in Akwa Ibom state, all hands are on deck, and like the United Nations, the driving philosophy is ” Leave no one behind”Jamb Result