By CrossRiverWatch Admin
Determined to bring back the glorious days when agriculture was the main stabilizing sector and stay of the defunct Eastern Region and Nigeria as a whole, modalities are in top gear by the Cross River Government to establish Farm Settlements in the state.
To this end the state governor, Senator Ben Ayade, has set up a land acquisition committee to acquire 2000 hectares of land in two non-contiguous Local Government Areas of Central Senatorial district for that purpose.
The immediate past Commissioner for Works, and Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Engineer Dane Osim -Asu, who disclosed this in Calabar, Thursday, revealed that the committee has already identified Boki and Obubra as the two LGAs that will play host to the new farm settlements program of the Ayade administration.
Osim Asu, explained that the committee started it’s activities by visiting Yakurr, Obubra, Ikom and Boki LGAs to assess the areas and has settled for Boki and Obubra LGAs for the program.
The land acquisition Committee Chairman for the Farm Settlement program, said that the projects are targeted at empowering the people of the immediate catchment areas and the people of Cross River State as a whole.
He further disclosed that the projects will not only empower the people financially but also technically as those who will work in the farm settlements will be exposed to new knowledge and modern means and methods of farming.
It would be recalled that defunct Eastern Nigeria development cooperation, (ENDC) had established this type of ambitious agro expansionist programs that empowered and enabled the then South-Eastern state and other states that came out of the former Eastern region to developed their agricultural potentials in the areas of cocoa, cashew, cotton, oil palm and cassava , as well as farm reserves.
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