Uyo- Akwa Ibom State government says it is set to cultivate one million strands of onions, in addition to other vegetable crops currently being cultivated in the state.
The move towards onion cultivation ia not unconnected with the recent scarcity of onions in the country.
Recall that Akwa Ibom soil was, untill recent move by the state government, considered unsuitable for cultivation of onion and other staple vegetables, leaving the state to depend solely on the Northern part of the country for such food items.
The introduction of dakkada farms however melted off such notion, as it saw to the cultivation of vegetables earlier considered odd for the soil, including tomato, watermelon, Cameroon pepper, ginger, garlic, etc.
Speaking on the move towards onion revolution in the state, Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Glory Edet
said over 100 youths have so far been trained on onions cultivation, for knowledge transfer.
She advised interested persons to contact the Ministry of Agriculture as they would be trained on onion cultivation and crop technology.
Edet who spoke further on Governor Udom Emmanuel’s drive towards food sufficiency and production of staple foods in the state, assured that the government is poised to expand the onions farming across the entire state.
Her words “Since creation, this is the first time we are planting onions in Akwa Ibom, God has used Governor Emmanuel to bless the state in terms of Agriculture beyond human expectations.
“We tried cultivation of onions in open field and the output was marvelous.. Based on that, the Governor directed the ministry to plant more onions.
“Soon Akwa Ibom won’t have to buy onions from the north, we started planting few weeks ago and we will harvest after 3-4 months time, we are doing it sequencially.”
The Agriculture Commissioner hinted that Governor Emmanuel had approved a Microfinance Bank to be commissioned to enable farmers, cooperate bodies that are registered with the ministry have access to loans and other financial assistance.
Edet assured Akwa Ibom people of continuity in terms of Agricultural development even after the tenure of Governor Udom Emmanuel,.as the knowledge gain can never be lost.
“In Agriculture we depend on practical, that is why we train people and make them practice so that even when a tenure ends the ministry and farmers will continue their work.”
“Governor Emmanuel in his wisdom created Agric Investment Directorate which monitors and evaluates the level of Agricultural development, there is provision for sustainability,” she noted.