Connect with us


Embrace farming for financial stability – agriculturist tells unemployed



Embrace farming for financial stability – agriculturist tells unemployed

Economically displaced persons in the country have been urged to see farming as a way to financial freedom that can help them stabilise their livelihood.

Mr Amaechi Ojukwu, the Chief Executive Officer, PAO Farms and Agro Allied Industries Ltd., Ekwulummiri, Nnewi South Council Area of Anambra, gave the advice in an interview with the news Agency of Nigeria on Friday.

Ojukwu said that farming guaranteed food supply for such people and the members of their family with high chances of earning income for surplus produce.

He said the COVID-19 pandemic, which had hit Nigeria since February had worsened food supply as the nation’s international borders had been closed to importation of food.

Ojukwu also a Lagos-based businessman, said that he went into farming because of the realisation that there was food deficit in Nigeria judging by the amount of money that was spent on imported food.

“I am a businessman in Lagos, as a matter of fact, I still have business there but here I am doing farming.

“We have mass of land that are not cultivated, if fully employed, the arable in the South East alone can feed the entire nation and there will still be surplus to export out of the country.

“PAO is into crop and livestock farming, the improves seedlings guarantees regular harvest and the market is there, people need food items which are very expensive because of shortage in supply.

“I want to encourage my people who are idle, wasting their time in the cities, to come and take farming as a business. It is a noble occupation and the best way to fight poverty and hunger,” he said.

Ojukwu said farmers needed financial and technical support to enable them maximise the productive potential.

He also called for more investment in agro input in the South East to enable farmers have access to cheap and available allied products needed for high yield farming.

“We need money, we need quality seedlings, cheap and quality herbicides, insecticides and fertiliser to enhance our productivity.

“We also need to protect our farms from the activities of herdsmen whose cows  are destroying people’s farmlands produce,’’ he said.

Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Grace Yussuf (NAN)

Patrick Anaso: is a graduate and a professionally trained journalist, with experience in national news reporting/editing and verification at the News Agency of Nigeria. NNN is a Nigerian online news portal that publishes breaking news in Nigeria, and across the world. Our journalists are honest, fair, accurate, thorough and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting news in the best interest of the public, because truth is the cornerstone of journalism and they strive diligently to ascertain the truth in every news report. Contact: editor[at]

Tanker drivers start strike Monday as talks with LASG end in deadlock NCDC confirms 437 new COVID-19 case, total of infection hits 46,577 Apapa will open to traffic in October — LASG Halep to decide on United States Open after Prague event Gov. Fayemi mourns ex-Ekiti lawmaker, Fakiyesi Vettel says Ferrari messed up with nonsensical strategy Ekiti Govt paying lip service to healthcare delivery, say striking doctors Resumption: Academy wants COVID-19 protocol funds released directly to schools Willian confirms exit from Chelsea after 7 years Anglican Bishop urges govts to save SMEs from collapse For Europe’s “super clubs”, UEFA Champions League determines all YYA sues for peace in Ondo Assembly, condoles with Ogun over Kashamu Ilorin communities appeal to Gov. AbdulRazaq over damaged culvert NPFL 2019/2020 season: Rivers United still insisting they finished second, not third Imo Assembly restates commitment to local production through effective legislation CAN President urges FG to overhaul security apparatus  Osun: Police dismiss inspector for allegedly brutalising tailor, causing death Nimet predicts cloudy, thundery weather activities Monday to Wednesday Sanwo-Olu gives hospital’s management 7-day ultimatum to remove trucks, containers FG supports Imo farmers with 20,000 cocoa seedlings, other improved seeds COVID-19: Low attendance, strict compliance greet church re-opening in Lagos Ex-Rep wants Obaseki impeached over alleged breach of constitution NMA charges state branches to uphold values to protect members Unknown assailants kill Gov. Obiano’s aide on security DG APC Governors Forum tasks membership on participation, registration  Banditry: Monarch urges govt. to adopt new strategies Cleric tasks worshipers on COVID-19 guidelines as church services resume Kwara records 7 new cases of COVID-19 Beauty queen pledges to showcase cultural heritage of Northern Nigeria Zamfara agency sensitises communities on World Bank projects maintenance, sustainability Don’t smoke away your babies, Gynaecologist warns PDP BOT Chairman seeks conduct of LG election by INEC Community policing: FCT minister advocates involvement of council chairmen, traditional rulers Former Police boss blames security challenges on corruption, bad governance Southern Kaduna attacks: Coalition tasks locals on credible information to military Delta communities want FG to revive abandoned projects Dabiri-Erewa says Dapo William’s death great loss to Nigeria Rev Okoye urges Nigerians to return to God, shun tribalism, other vices Commission pledges to eradicate illiteracy, poverty in North-East FG, ECOWAS to host biodiversity consultation on environmental protection Journalists Forum uncovers Nigerians in critical situation in Saudi Arabia NOA urges collaboration of traditional leaders in fight against COVID-19 APC in UK pays tributes to late Dapo Williams Ekiti Govt distributes protective materials ahead Monday’s school reopening Kogi govt extends schools’ fumigation to Eastern Senatorial district Buhari mourns UK-based Nigerian, Dapo Williams COVID-19: Mosques in Ekiti ready for reopening – NSCIA COVID-19: Churches in Lagos  reopen, record  low turn out after 20 weeks of lockdown Church re-opening: Cleric wants leaders ensure compliance with COVID-19 guidelines FCTA pledges support to Suleja smart city project