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The Governor of Anambra State, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo has come out to claim that the state has become one of the food baskets of the nation under his administration, hinting that a food bank could be established in the coming months.
According to him, the state attained that status through a regenerative agriculture approach.
Soludo spoke through his Chief of Staff, Mr. Ernest Ezeajuyi sun the 2023 National Action and Communication Plan for implementation of the Food Systems Transformation Pathways in Nigeria.
He further said his administration was considering establishment of a food bank to avoid wastage even as he restated his government commitment to turning the state into a livable and prosperous state with enough food and a healthy community.
According to him: ‘Anambra state, under my watch has become one of the food baskets of the nation, through its regenerative agriculture approach. This is why the state distributed over 700,000 oil palm and coconut seedlings to citizens of the state.
‘Arrangement is now geared towards exploring short season plants to beat flooding that last year submerged eight local councils that are food baskets of the state.’
Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Forster Ihejiofor, described the summit as timely and essential in drive to domesticate the agenda in the 18 states of the federation, insisting it was time other states developed comprehensive and tailored approaches reflecting unique needs, challenges, and opportunities.
He called for prioritisation of sustainable agricultural practices that improve productivity, reduce waste and protect the environment while also enhancing good security and nutrition.