In commemoration of World Food Day today, the Delta State government today announced plans to export garri flour and plantains, two of the state’s major food products, to the UK in a bid to increase economic input into the state. This initiative is part of the state’s agricultural empowerment programme targeted at reducing youth restiveness due to unemployment and giving rural women an independent means of income.
Recognizing the increased migration of the young to cities, the Delta State government aims to turn agriculture into an economically viable venture in the state, thus empowering youths and women in rural areas and creating employment opportunities. This encouragement of women and youths to invest their time and effort into agriculture is a laudable one that should be emulated by more states in our country.
Urban migration threatens food security and increases the burden of food production, the State Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources Chief Austin Chikezie noted today at the event to mark the World Food Day, where farmers proudly displayed their wares and were rewarded for participation. He went on to note that the Delta State government has made itself a part of the Central Bank’s Anchor Borrowers Programme to increase revenue that would boost the state’s support of oil palm, rice, cassava and fish farmers, creating wealth and ensuring food security. these initiatives are only but a few of the State’s effort to create jobs and economic security in the State.