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By: Beatrice Akpala-SSA Communication and Advocacy.
The Cross River State Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Ntufam Okon Nyong Owuna, has called on all Cross Riverians to key into Governor Ben Ayade’s agro-industrialisation drive, in order to be key beneficiaries of numerous grants made available for same purpose.
The Commissioner made this call recently while speaking during a live chat with the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Communication and Advocacy Miss Beatrice Akpala, on the programme “Inside Cross River” a weekly programme which airs on CRBC TV and other social media platforms.
Ntufam Nyong stated that Governor Ayade has made available grants and soft loans through his partnership with the Central Bank of Nigeria, amounts that are to be released to registered farmers across the eighteen Local Government Areas of the State.
He therefore enjoined all, especially the youths and women to key into this rare opportunity by visiting the ministry and registering their interest in any of the agricultural value chains. He added that he is committed to delivering on the Governor’s plan of making two million green millionaires under the G – Money Initiative.
He expressed his appreciation to Governor Ben Ayade for finding him worthy to be the new boss in such a critical sub-sector that is his heart beat. he promised to give his best by delivering on the mandate placed in his care, In collaboration with other critical stakeholders to ensure that Cross River State becomes the food basket of the Nation. In the area of value addition, he pledged to transform the Agricultural Landscape in the State by going into aggressive branding and packaging of the vast agricultural produce scattered across the entire villages in the State.
Ntufam Nyong also stated that Governor Ayade’s aim to decouple the State from her dependence on Federation Accounts haven lost its oil wells to Akwa Ibom State is unprecedented. He reiterated that Agriculture is the future and he described Governor Ayade’s Consciousness in diversifying into massive agro-industrialization in the state as Visionary.
He further said that “with the cocoa processing factory in Ikom, The Rice Seed and seedling factory in Calabar, the maize revolution, oil palm development as well as the largest poultry farm in Africa all situated within the state, has earned Cross River State her right of place on the global Stage.”
He went further to commend the Africa Development Bank (AfDB) for singling out Cross River State from amongst the six geopolitical zones in the country to site “a special Agro-processing Zone.”
In conclusion, he called on all and sundry to work hand-in-glove with the Ministry and the Governor to see to it that Governor Ben Ayade delivers on his mandate of carrying out a mega Agro-Revolution in the State. He reiterated that rather than sit  outside and castigate the governor’s laudable policies, Cross Riverians Should Rather be proactive in partnering with him to build a formidable process that will be beneficial to all concern.

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