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Close to 1000 people from the Abi/Yakurr Federal Constituency of Cross River State are expected to be employed directly and indirectly, from a new agriculture initiative being driven by the National Agriculture Land Development Authority, NALDA.
This follows a collaborative effort between the Ekureku Council of Chiefs of Abi Local Government and NALDA, at the instance of Dr Alex Egbona, the member representing Abi/Yakurr Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives.
Under the arrangement, the Ekureku people are donating 100 hectares of land to NALDA who will engage farmers from the donor community in the cultivation of various crops.
According to the deal, the federal government agency will fund the various levels of the farming and equally give incentives to all the people that will be engaged in the farming, as well as help the farmers identify the market where the crops would be sold. The farmers would take 100 per cent of the sales proceeds.
Besides, a good road network is to be constructed in the large farm for ease of movement by the farmers.
The Ekureku council of chiefs have already agreed to donate land along the Egboronyi-Ekureku road for the project which is expected to benefit thousands of farmers and youths from the area.
Speaking on the development, Egbona said he decided to attract the project to how federal constituency because of the massive job opportunities it would create for his people.
According him, ” this is a very good opportunity for my people to be gainfully employed. I can assure you that all those who are desirous of getting employed will have a space under this scheme.
” I am happy that my people have willingly donated land for the purpose. The land owners will benefit. The youths will benefit. The economy of our federal constituency will receive a boost.
” When we start, in a few months, you will begin to witness the influx of people into our constituency, either to come and buy our farm produce, or to come and be part of the farming processes. There will be multiplier effects and it will benefit all our people.
” All our people who wake up daily thinking of where to go for daily paid employments can now heave a sigh of relief. This is one opening that will touch every household and it gives me joy that it is happening in my own time. I thank the chiefs and land owners for accepting to be part of this federal government initiative.”
Egbona said part of his election campaign promises was to ensure the empowerment of his people and added that in the last two years, most of his activities have been in this direction.