Expert Tasks RSG On ADPs’ Revamp

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The Rivers State Government has been called upon to revamp the various Agricultural Development Programmes (ADPs), across the state.
Making the call  in a telephone interview with The Tide recently, an agricultural engineer, Mr Umor Ekpulu, said, if done, farmers at the rural areas will benefit immensely.
According to him, the ADPs were established to train agric extension officers to enable them pass on modern farming techniques to rural farmers.
He expressed regret that, over the years, the ADPs had been left to rot away.
The Rivers State University of Science and Technology (now Rivers State University) trained agric engineer explained that, if reactivated, it would help the rural farmers increase their yield and also boost their economic well being.
However, investigations by The Tide indicated that the ADP at Rumuodomaya, in the Obio/Akpor local government has become a ghost of its former self.
Effort to speak with those in charge was not fruitful as some residents of the quarters merely claimed to be squarters.
Also, a visit to the ADP at Ahoada, headquarters of Ahoada East local government area of the state indicated that the area has been overgrown by weeds.
The Tide further gathered that most of the occupiers of the only remaining buildings were either retirees or relations of retirees who have decided to cultivate the land to make a living for themselves.
According to The Tide investigations, the Ahoada ADP was reputed to be the largest in the state as it served as a Zonal AOP to a number of local government areas of the state.
Some of the local government areas include, Etche, Omuma, Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni, Abua/Odual and Ikwerre.
He could be recalled that the state Commissioner for Agriculture, Barr Onimim Jacks, while speaking to newsmen in Port Harcourt during an event last year promised to make the ADPs in the state work.