Hon. Chijioke Chukwu, Deputy Minority Leader, Abia State House of Assembly Photo: ABN

400 Rice farmers to receive equipment, cash grants as support in Abia

*Bende North Agricultural Revolution Initiative has already empowered 60 of 400 rice farmers, says Hon. Chijioke Chukwu

*Constituency has a comparative advantage over other local government areas in rice production

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

As part of his cardinal objective of focusing on agriculture as his people’s comparative advantage to create wealth and add value to the Nigerian economy, Hon. Chijioke Chukwu, a member representing Bende North in Abia State House of Assembly, says he will empower 400 rice farmers in his constituency in the next two years.

The lawmaker, who doubles as Deputy Minority Leader in the State House of Assembly, stated this when he donated equipment and cash grants to 60 farmers in his constituency in Ugwueke community in Bende Local Government Area of the state Sunday, August 23, says agency report.

Agency report indicates that the 60 farmers were part of the 400 rice farmers his foundation hoped to empower in Hon. Chukwu’s Bende North Agricultural Revolution Initiative as a way to give back to his constituents.

Some of the items distributed to the farmers included grinding machines, motorcycles, sprayers, sewing machines and generating sets.

The state legislator, in his first tenure in the House of Assembly, had said that one of his cardinal objectives was to focus on agriculture.

Rice Farmers at Work

Bende has a comparative advantage over other local government areas in the state in terms of rice production, he stated.

The lawmaker, who promised to assist farmers in his constituents to maximise their potential, said “about 95 percent of our land is arable land”.

“The most viable sector of the Nigerian economy is agriculture. Farmers are in for a very good time, but they are constrained financially.’’

He appealed to those who could not get anything to exercise patience till December when he would do empowerment.

Mrs. Selana Elyon, one of the beneficiaries, who went home with a sewing machine expressed gratitude to the lawmaker for his kind gesture.

Elyon, a fashion designer, promised to use the machine optimally.

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