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South East Farmers Call for Construction of Irrigation projects in the zone.

Stakeholders from the south east of Nigeria  have called on the Federal Government to provide them with various irrigation projects that will spread across the region  to enable farmers from the zone have uninterrupted farming season annually .


They lamented the level of neglect the zone had encountered to meet up with their counterparts in the north, soliciting for federal government assistance to aid their farming productions.
The stakeholders made this known at the flag off ceremony of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Anchor borrowers Scheme in Awka, calling on government to assist farmers in the zone with modern irrigation facilities that would enhance their farming systems.

The stakeholders, who were mainly farmers, said the success of farming business is associated with modern irrigation facilities which encourage farmers to produce in and out of farming season.
They commended the CBN for the loan facilities that would encourage them do well in their farming production, but stressed the importance of the irrigation project as the bastion to successful farming business.

On their parts, the loan administrators, taught the farmers on the mode of payment which has friendly  borrowing interest rates but advised them to cultivate more rice productions as one of the Nigeria’s cash crops that can compete favourably with oil as the veritable instrument for diversification of Nigerian economy.
They charged them to ensure they abide by the training provided by the experts to enable the farmers have quality rice produce that can compete with imported products. 
High points of occasion was the presentation of farm seedlings and pesticides at subsidized rate to aid farmers production output.

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