A’Ibom 2023: I ‘ll eliminate poverty, hunger by transforming agricultural sector

As consultations by governorship aspirants in Akwa Ibom state continue to gather momentum and the party primary nearing, a frontline contender for the top office, Obong Ide Owodiong of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has vowed to declare a state of emergency in the agricultural sector

He disclosed this Saturday while addressing Journalists about his robust plan for agriculture and food sufficiency in the state of Uyo the state capital.

The former Staff of Exxon Mobil further promised to list Akwa Ibom State among the 10 most sustainable and productive states in Nigeria by 2027 with ample contribution from a transformed Agricultural Sector.

Unveiling his vision, Ide said his mission is to develop the agricultural potentials of Akwa Ibom State towards the industrial transformation of the state’s economy.

In the same vein, he vowed to increase food production ventures in the State, thereby strengthening the economic status of agro-entrepreneurs and impacting their livelihood.

“I will develop agro-industrialization potentials of the State, reduce abject poverty, increase wealth creation activities of Akwa Ibom State as an agriculture powerhouse”

He stressed that the State is a powerhouse for multiple crops like palm oil, cassava, yam, cocoyam, plantain, banana, maize, rice, rubber, cocoa, vegetables among others, and seafood including catfish, barracuda, sardines, bonga, croaker, shrimps, crayfish, snappers, squids and oysters and domestic animals such as cow, goat, sheep, poultry, bees, etc.

“The factors that favour agriculture in Akwa Ibom State include favorable all-year-round climate; fertile soil; and talented, skilled, and able-bodied manpower. With the majority of the people engaged in farming, at the subsistence level, as a means of livelihood or additional income, there is very few agro-industrial activities in the State.

Ide opined that the state will move from agriculture to agro-business, saying that agriculture has to do with the growing of crops and livestock for subsistence, commercial and industrial consumption.

“The revolutionary development of agriculture is what is referred to as Agribusiness; Agribusiness brings about the transformation of agricultural activity through value-addition, leading to the growth of other business opportunities in the agriculture value chain.

“The Agriculture Value Chain is a presentation of the network of activities, the products, and services, the support systems, and linkages that take place from the point of production to the point of consumption from the Farm to the Table.

Highlighting the benefits of the proposed agro-industry in Akwa Ibom state, Ide cited food security, Job creation/income opportunities; others include talent and skills acquisition and growth of the economy.

He urged all Akwa Ibom people to read his blueprint for the state to understand his level of preparation to change the narratives and usher in a new dawn with his election as the next governor of Akwa Ibom state in 2023.

 

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