By Sunny David/Awka
Certified Sorghum seeds worth over one hundred and fifty thousand naira have been disbursed to Sorghum farmers in three local government areas of Anambra State under the Agricultural Transformation Agenda Support Programme, ATASP-One, Adani-Omor Crop Processing zone.
Speaking during the exercise, the Commissioner for Agriculture, Mechanization, Processing and Export, Mr. Afam Mbanefo said they are developing four hundred hectares of land to back up their activities in sorghum value chain.
Mr. Mbanefo, who noted that the State government targets to cultivate one thousand hectares of sorghum this planting season, enjoined them to comply with the best planting practices in sorghum for high yields.
He however advised them to form commodity groups that will be cluster based and register with the Ministry’s data base to benefit from intervention programmes of both federal and state governments.
In his remark, the Zonal Programme Co-ordinator of ATASP-1, Mr. Romanus Egba said they were commissioned to cultivate more sorghum because of the bumper harvest that was recorded last year.
Mr. Egba who was represented by the Zonal Outreach Specialist, Chief Emmanuel Ude enjoined them to invest in sorghum for economically benefit.
The exercise attracted sorghum farmers from Orumba South, Ayamelum, Anambra East Local Government Areas and very few from Inyi under Udi zone.