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450, 000 Free Palm Seedlings: Sen. Kalu kicks-off Distribution for 2nd Batch (Photos)

Senator Orji Uzor Kalu representing Abia-North Senatorial district has commenced the 2nd batch distribution of the 450,000 palm seedlings to farmers in Abia-North , Abia & neighboring states, Igbere TV reports.

The Ist Batch distribution which commenced on April 2019 under the Agricultural Empowerment Initiative of the Orji Uzor kalu Foundation involved the distribution of Special High Yielding Palm Seedlings known as “Tenera” at no cost to beneficiary farmers in the State.
According to Senator Kalu, the initiative was his own support to President Muhammadu Buhari’s policy to revolutionize agriculture in Nigeria with aim of encouraging the people particularly youths to delve into farming in order to create wealth and become self-reliant.
Speaking at the launch of the 2nd batch distribution, the Executive Secretary of the Orji Uzor Kalu Foundation Rev. Ola Jemaimah kalu stressed the aim of the initiative at creating wealth via Agriculture.
She said:” Recall that on April 29,2019 Senator Orji Kalu started the distribution of 450,000 special palm seedlings known as the “Tenera Specie” to the public and we have today have continued the 2nd batch distribution and the distribution is on-going. It is an Orji Uzor kalu Foundation Programme to ensure that by the 2030 poverty will be eradicated in Abia-State and Southeast in general because it is expected that the beneficiaries will be self-sufficient. The maturity period of the “Tenera Specie” is within 3-4 years and it will start yielding very high quality palm trees and we are giving them out free of charge all they need to do is to come register and collect the seedlings for onward planting. In addition, the Foundation has also acquired the services of an Agricultural consultant who would be educating the farmers on how best to nurture seedlings to get maximum yield.
The Agricultural empowerment programme is bi-partisan and cuts across religion, tribe or gender. Most of the beneficiary farmers are from Abia-North, Abia State, Enugu, Cross River and other neighboring states. The initiative also aims at putting fallow lands into productive uses. The only criterion for qualification is proof of ownership of family land,” she said, adding that the size of the family land would determine the quantity of seedling to be given to people. If you have 100 hectares of land, you will get the quantity for that size. If you have 10 hectares, you will also be given the quantity for the size of the land.
Similarly Speaking on behalf of the farmers gathered at the Igbere,Bende residence of the Abia-North Senator, Rev. Alvin I. appreciated Senator Orji Uzor kalu for the initiative while also highlighting the many economic benefits of the programme.
In his words” we appreciate the magnanimity of Senator Orji Uzor Kalu for his vision and futuristic initiative to provide food and reduce hunger through this Agricultural empowerment programme. This seedling will empower many organizations including the religious ones. Through this initiative the economic wealth of community dwellers will be increased when the seedlings begin to produce. We urge more community dwellers to come and be part of this programme because it is a reality.

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