Farmer Hails Okowa’s Re-Election Says It’ll Boost Agriculture


A rice farmer in Delta State Mr Raymos Guanah, has congratulated Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on his re-election, saying his second coming will lead to agricultural boom in the state.
 Guanah, who described Okowa as farmer friendly in an interview with newsmen last Monday in Asaba, said that with the governor’s commitment to agriculture, the state would attract more revenue from agriculture.
 ”I want to congratulate governor Okowa for his re-election for a second term in office and as the most farmers’ friendly governor in the country.
 ”The governor has done very well and this time around, he has much more to do in agriculture and whatever farming the people want to do, the governor said he was ready to support.
 ”And I think in the next dispensation, Delta State will be earning more money from agriculture by way of Internally Generated Revenue  and also providing more employment to people through agriculture,” Guanah said.
 Guanah, who is also a lawyer, said that being a rice farmer, he was making good money, creating jobs and providing food for the masses under Okowa’s administration.
 ”Though a lawyer by profession, rice farming is very lucrative, I feel good being involved in agriculture because it gives me a personal satisfaction, it gives me money, I provide food for people and I employ labour.
 ”All these put together, what most lawyers can’t have; I have through farming and agriculture.
 ”I feel very comfortable as a farmer than going to court to just provide services, though lawyers make money doing that,” he said.
 Guanah said that the market demand for rice remained very wide such that farmers could not meet up.
 ”There is much room for more people to go into rice farming and make more money in this country,” he said.
 He said that the challenge was that the people, particularly the traditional farmers had continued to see agriculture as just a way of providing food rather than as business where they could make money.