Archdeacon organises workshop for farmers in Umueshi Ideato

More than 140 farmers in Umueshi Archdeaconry in the Anglican Diocese of Ideato have participated in an economic empowerment workshop organized recently by the Archdeacon, the Ven. Paul Nwosu (JP) at St. Luke’s Parish Umueshi.
Speaking at the workshop which centred on agriculture, Ven. Nwosu called on youths in the area to ensure that they are engaged in meaningful ventures, especially as the nation goes into another election period.
He explained that organizing the workshop was part of the ways of realizing the vision and mission of the Archdeaconry which is to preach to the people and to seek ways of attending to their welfare.
Ven. Nwosu stressed that the need for the workshop cannot be over-emphasized in view of the economic downturn in the nation and the current policies of government encouraging Nigerians to go back to agriculture.
He said genuine farmers, should youths should key into the Agricultural Borrowing programmme of the Federal Government as well as other World Bank grants.
Apart from creating jobs, he said, agriculture could reduce crime, while also providing food.
Speaking at the workshop, the representatives of Amo farm Sieberer Hatchery, IbadanUyo State, Mrs. Peace Okpara and Vent. Dr. Phoabian Obafeni, highlighted the importance of the newly introduced Noiler birds in Nigeria, which have high disease resistance, heat tolerance, low input cost, tougher meat and other features.
They encouraged the farmers to keep to modern agricultural systems that help o boost food production.
Experts at the workshop also treated topics in animal health, feedmaking, piggery, poultry, cassava and maize farming, product packaging and participation in agriculture, among others.
Participants went home with free improved maize seeds for planting this season, among other things.