Agribusiness Centre @ MOUAU Plans Radio Programme For Farmers

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Dr. Phillips Nto.

By Gilbert Okore

The Agribusiness Incubation Centre at Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, is to float a radio programme to educate farmers in Abia State on modern techniques of agriculture.

Dr. Phillips Nto, Director of the centre, made this disclosure when members of the Integrated Farmers Association, Abia State chapter, paid him a courtesy visit in his office.

He said it was part of the corporate social responsibility of the centre.

Nto disclosed that the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof Maduebibisi Iwe, had granted approval for the take-off of the programme to be christened, Farmers Friday.

He noted further that the VC had also provided the necessary logistics and manpower to ensure that the programme is run efficiently for the benefit of farmers in Abia and adjoining states.

Dr Nto, Noted that the radio programme would have robust contents tailored to enhance farmers’ knowledge in agriculture and agribusiness.

Stated Not: “It is the desire of our VC and indeed, management of MOUAU, that we use this programme to assist farmers to boost their yields, earn more money and improve food security”.

The former Commissioner for Finance in the state said the centre was already in talks with some selected radio stations in Abia State for the speedy take-off of the programme, calling on public spirited individuals and institutions to support the exercise through sponsorship.

He also expressed appreciation to the Abia State Government for its interest in the activities of the Centre, saying that its decision to sponsor 170 youths to be trained by ABIC was a welcome development.

Nto commended the members of Abia State chapter of Integrated Farmers Association for undertaking the visit to see things for themselves.

He assured them that ABIC MOUAU would always collaborate with all segments of farmers and their associations in the pursuit of achieving food security in Nigeria.

Earlier, Elder Ogba Nwokoro, spokesperson of the group, disclosed that after hearing much about the positive impact of ABIC, MOUAU, the Association members decided to see things for themselves.

He said they were happy with the giant strides made by the Centre under the leadership of Dr. Nto, expressing the Association’s readiness to collaborate with the Centre.

Elder Nwokoro, however, disclosed that their members were experiencing some challenges in marketing, storage of products, and access to funds.

He therefore urged the Centre to assist the members in overcoming the challenges through an interface with government and private organisations.

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