House wants fertilizer for farmers Stories by Ebere Osuka

ImoStatelegislators have passed a motion urging the government to make fertilizers available to farmers.

The motion was sponsored by the member for Ohaji/Egbema State Constituency, Hon Luke Chukwu and six co`-sponsors.

Leading the debate on the motion, the chief sponsor, Hon Chukwu, said that food security is one of the cardinal objectives of the government but noted that food security has been reduced due to some ecological problems, thereby resulting to low productivity.

Hon. Chukwu pointed out that the problem has been compounded by the drilling and mining by oil companies in addition to the emission of gasses from the  oil companies.

The lawmaker explained that if fertilizer is made available to farmers, agriculture  be boosted as there would be enough turnout during harvest.

The legislator further disclosed that both the Ministry of Agriculture and ADP have no fertilizer, stating the necessity of fertilizer.

He appealed for the availability of fertilizer at a subsidized rate.

In his contribution, t he member for Nwangele, Hon Ugonna Ozuruigbo, described the motion as good and favourable and as the state source of income.

Hon Ugonna thanked the Governor for taking giant strides in reviving Agriculture in the state as well as attaching financial aid to encourage farmers to help in production.

Contributing also, the member for Orsu, Hon Stan Dara, said that in recent times, agriculture payed lip service to agriculture rather than boosting it in the state.

Hon Dara described Okorocha as an action governor and appealed for the provision of fertilizer to boost agriculture.

Their Ikeduru counterpart, Hon Samuel Anyanwu, described Agriculture as the highest employer of labour and appealed to the state government to give it the priority attention it deserves.

The member for Ideato South, Hon Ikechukwu Amuka, expressed his fear on the incessant menace of  the Boko Haram in the country, pointing out that if the situation did not change, time would come when goods would stop coming to the East from the North.

When the deputy speaker, Hon Donatus Ozoemana who presided over the sitting put it to vote, it sailed through as there was no opposition.

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