The Ministry of Agriculture in Anambra has introduced an 11 point agenda to fast track the development of agriculture in the state.
The Commissioner for Agriculture, Chief Godson Ezenagu, told our correspondent that the agenda was the road map for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the agricultural sector.
To realise the objectives of the agenda, Ezenagu said government had increased the 2011 budget for agriculture to N650 million from the N500 million in 2010.
He said the implementation of the agenda would encourage people to own homestead fish ponds, adding that it would also assist poultry farmers to replace native cockerels with hybrid.
“We intend to equip veterinary clinics in the state and ensure the accreditation of the state’s College of Agriculture, Mgbakwu,” he added.
Ezenagu said government had also concluded plans to provide plantain and banana suckers to encourage the people to plant them around their homes.
“We are also working toward increasing the state’s commercial agriculture credit scheme as well as encourage farmers to cultivate high quality crops to meet international standard for export,” he said.
The commissioner said with the achievements so far recorded by the state government in the agricultural sector, the agenda would ensure the attainment of the MDGs before 2015.