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The Government of Akwa Ibom State in its bid to promote food sufficiency, has distributed over 2,000 Goats to livestock farmers in the State.
The distribution which was done at the open field of the Ministry of Agriculture on Thursday, February 18, 2021, had key agricultural stakeholders in the State in attendance.
According to the Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Glory Edet, the distribution was in fulfilment of Governor Udom Emmanuel’s avowed promise to ensure the sufficiency of food and consumables cultivated and reared in the State.
Dr. Glory who lauded the State Chief Executive’s ingenuity and commitment to fulfilling his promise, described Governor Emmanuel’s disposition towards agriculture as positive and worthy of emulation.
“Our Governor’s passion for agriculture stems from his consciousness that it is only through agriculture that poverty and unemployment can be reduced”, she said. She added that “it is only in Akwa Ibom State that farmers are given inputs, seedlings and livestock free of charge”.
She noted that the African Dwarf Goats presented to the farmers are the best in terms of taste and quality, but lamented that they were almost going into extinction at the local goods markets.
This she said, was the reason the Ministry embarked on a fact-finding mission to know what could be done to up the supply of locally bred goats in the market.
The farmers responded that “if the government can help them acquire the young goats for reproduction, they would be able to supply more to the market.”
“This is the reason we are giving out 1 buck (male) and 2 Does (female) to the goat farmers today to enhance reproduction and multiplication”, Dr Edet explained.
The Commissioner further explained that the presentation done was a symbolic representation of what would be done by the Ministry subsequently.
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