Farming Season: Ebonyi to Profile 34, 200 Farmers
Ebonyi State Government has set up a committee to profile a total of 34,200 interested rice, cassava and maize farmers for the 2020 farming season.
This is to boost agriculture in the State as it is an alternative to oil as a source of revenue in the country.
Two hundred farmers who fall within the above mentioned categories are to be profiled in each of the 171 wards that make up Ebonyi State.
This was contained in a public notice signed by the Commissioner for Information and State Orientation and Acting Commissioner for Human Capital Development and Monitoring, Uchenna Orji and Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy Matters and Rural Development in the State, Samuel Okoronkwo.
The notice said that the State Executive Council sub-Committee on Profiling of Farmers had developed forms for distribution across the 171 wards in the state.
The Statement reads: “The 2020 ward Agric Profiling officials made up of Liaison Officers, Management Committee Members, and Governor Umahi Empowerment Beneficiaries Association (GUMEBA) Ward Chairmen, have been designated to profile all interested farmers across the state. 200 farmers are expected to be profiled per ward for each of the respective crop commodities,” it said.
“All farmers who wish to be captured are required to fill the forms in the custody of the ward Agric profiling officials with one passport photograph and accurate BVN digits and must have not less than one hectare ( 10,000 square meters) of land each, in order to qualify to access the 2020 State government agricultural funds.
It said that completed forms are to be submitted in soft and hard copies to the State Executive Council Sub- Committee on Profiling of Farmers latest Friday 28th February, 2020. It also said that arrangements had been made for the Ward Profiling Officials to enter all submissions in a data base provided in each Development Centre before the soft copies are excelled and transmitted to the state central data base.
The notice said that no payment is required for the profiling and that all categories of employable citizens are free to participate in the programme.
“Take advantage of this opportunity and participate in the agricultural interventions of the State Government,” it advised the citizens.