Anambra State Government has empowered no fewer than two hundred (200) women in poultry farming. They also fully kitted fifty (50) trained youths in bee keeping for original honey production.
Some vitamin A fortified planting materials were also distributed to some farmers.
In a speech at the event, Governor Willie Obiano reaffirmed the unwavering commitment of his administration toward facing agriculture as the number one pillar.
The number one citizen of Anambra noted that agric initiatives would help to empower women and youths of the state to be productive as well as to earn a living through agriculture.
Obiano was represented by his deputy, Dr Nkem Okeke.
The governor, then, applauded the efforts of Chief Osita Reuben Agina Foundation for partnering the state government through the Ministry of Agriculture to construct cottage poultry cages to empower women.
In a remark, Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Nnamdi Onukwuba commended the government for taking agriculture into high levels.
Mr Onukwuba pointed out that COVID-19 pandemic had shown everyone that food availability was truly one of the essential needs of life that could not be replaced.
The commissioner urged every Anambra indigene to be involved in various levels of agriculture including `back yard farming’ (ugbo azu uno), cottage poultry farming and cluster farming.
He added that it should be a practice for everyone to ensure food availability and food security during post COVID-19 pandemic.
Permanent Secretary in the Agric Ministry, Mrs Stephanie Keri-Uzor enjoined the beneficiaries of these programmes to take them very seriously.