By Eric Ugbor ABA—THE Abia State Commissioner for
Agriculture, Mr Uzo Azubuike said the fertilizer the
state acquired for its farmers would be available to
them from tomorrow. The Commissioner, who disclosed this while
speaking with journalists in Aba said the fertilizers
would be sold to every Abia farmer who wants to
buy and at the rate of N6000 per bag. He noted that unlike in 2016, there would be no
allocation of fertilizers to farmers in 2017 but
farmers would be free to get as much as they
needed and on first come, first serve basis. fertilizer farm He further explained that the ministry was working
hard to encourage youths to go into farming
through the introduction of various aspects of
farming such as mushroom farming. “The mushroom production is our own creation.
We have brought experts who have established a
mushroom farm right on the premises of the
ministry of Agriculture in Umuahia. And what we
have done there is to create another avenue so
that our people would not think that agriculture is limited to growing of yam, cassava, plantain and all
that,” he said. Azubuike said: “We are creating new areas that
would absorb our graduates. Mushroom farming is
a very technical and highly sophisticated aspect of
farming where you do not need to dig any hole. ”The farm grows under an air-conditioned
environment. You can put on your white clothes
and go to the farm without going under the sun.
It uses an in-house technique. And you know
today, people are looking away from animal
protein to things like this.”
Monday, 17 April 2017
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