Mr Nnamdi Onukwuba, the Commissioner for Agriculture in Anambra says the ministry has extended its farm inputs distribution to schools across the state for the 2020 farming season.
Onukwuba made this known on Thursday while presenting the farm inputs to some teachers in Awka.
He said that most public primary and secondary schools in the state have large expanse of land, which could be used for cropping activities and urged the teachers to maximise the policy.
He described Obiano as agriculture-friendly governor, who had always supported farmers with certified inputs and wished to put food on the table of the people of the state.
“We want to chase away hunger and unemployment in our state; we must join hands with the governor to promote agriculture,” he said.
He said that the inputs support given to the schools would achieve maximum yield and tasked the teachers to make efforts to achieve the government’s goal of encouraging young farmers in the state.
Onukwuba charged the teachers to apply the inputs using best agricultural practices to achieve the objective which the school farming was initiated.
He said that the ministry had presented pumpkin, okro and maize seedlings, sweet potatoes, lime, cassava stems and organic fertiliser to various schools.
Mrs Ifenyinwa Uzoka, the Director of Extension Services in the ministry, who briefed the teachers on the best agricultural practices, said an agro company, “Harvest plus” provided some of the seedlings to the ministry to support government’s call for “Go back to Agriculture” initiative.
Mr Joevita Arazu, the Principal of Igwebuike Grammar School Awka, who spoke on behalf of other teachers reassured of their support to government policies.
Arazu said that they would do their best to key into the new policy of subsistence farming for school children.
He commended the government and ministry of agriculture for their support to schools in the state and promised to utilise the inputs properly.