Following crises ranging from farm seizure to sacking of farmers in Ikwerre Local Council Area of Rivers State due to the invasion of farms by hoodlums, the council chairman, Samuel Nwanosike, has pledged that regularity in farming activities will return to the LGA.
Nwanosike lamented that the crises had led to scarcity and loss of income for the farmers in the community, especially farmers of the Ikwere garri, a popular commodity which used to be in high demand.
The Council Chairman however promised to ensure that farmers get back to farming by providing them with inputs including fertilser, quality seedlings and cassava stems.
“Our go-back-to-farm policy will not be delayed. We are in touch with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, Oyo State, to bring improved seedlings; improved stems to boost food produce.” he said
He stressed that “As we are chasing away the criminals from the farm, we have told our people to get ready to go back to farm so that they can bring back Ikwere garri to Rivers and Nigerians.”
“My team and I are going to bring back the agricultural extension workers, we will do our best to make sure people go back to farm and increase farm yields,” he added.