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ENSYFA Proposes ‘Sack Farming’ As Solution To Food Insecurity

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L: Enugu State Commissioner for Agriculture and Agro-Industrialisation, Patrick Nwabueze Ubru and ENSYFA President, Kenneth Eze during the visit

The Enugu State Young Farmers Association (ENSYFA) on Friday, appealed to the Enugu State Government to adopt sack farming innovation as solution to food insecurity and poverty.

The ENSYFA President, Kenneth Eze, presented the proposal when he led members of the group on a courtesy visit to the Enugu State Commissioner for Agriculture and Agro-Industrialisation, Patrick Nwabueze Ubru.

The group also visited the Regional Manager, Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) South East to sustain the relationship between ENSYFA and NEPC.

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According to Eze, sack farming model is a panacea to land scarcity, and farmer-herder conflicts

Eze, who presented the proposal entitled, “Addressing Food Insecurity through Youth Empowerment in Agriculture,” added that the innovation holds high prospects for success when the objective is to enhance household vegetable consumption and to generate supplementary income.

The Enugu ENSYFA President explained that the purpose of the visit was to discuss strategies for addressing food insecurity in Enugu State and to present a proposal on youth empowerment in agriculture, introducing ‘Sack – Farming’

He maintained that the innovation “stands the chance of improving local farmers income.”

The visit also gave both groups opportunity to discuss how to add to the efforts towards growing the production of crops like Soya, Sorghum, Cassava, Oil – palm, Rice, Maize and Ose Nsukka (Nsukka indigenous pepper).

He commended the Commissioner for his hospitality and support.

Responding, the Enugu State Commissioner for Agriculture and Agro-Industrialisation, Patrick Nwabueze Ubru, welcomed the proposal and expressed readiness to collaborate with ENSYFA, just as he highlighted ongoing efforts of his Ministry to increase productivity.

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The Commissioner, who spoke on efforts to ensure the safety of farmers, highlighted the importance of youth involvement in agriculture and emphasized ongoing government initiatives to support farmers.

He encouraged ENSYFA to request for land for farming purposes, specifying the types of crops to be cultivated.

The visit saw the constitution of a committee to ensure that Enugu State Young Farmers contribute towards the vision of the ministry to achieve 5 million metric tonnes of cassava cultivation this year.

The visits also underscores ENSYFA’s collaborative efforts in addressing agricultural challenges and fostering strong partnerships within the Nation.

Kenneth Eze, was accompanied on the visit by Ozor, Member of ENSYFA Advisory Board.

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