…says Agriculture is our greatest endowment by mother nature.
The State Governor, Sen. Ben Ayade has called for a concerted efforts of the South-South zone to achieve food security not only for the region, but also for Nigeria and the world at large.
Senator Ayade made the call in Calabar while flagging-off the United Nations South-South region dialogue on Food Systems Summit (FSS) at the Transcorp Hotel.
The Governor who was represented by his Deputy, Professor Ivara Esu enjoined the individual farmers, agro-business operators, corporate bodies and Government to come together in an unbreakable partnership to dialogue and seek ways of improving our food systems.
He maintained that Cross River State Government consider Agriculture as one of its greatest endowments by mother nature, adding that with a vast array of arable land, our soils are second to none in fertility and annual weather conditions for Agricultural activities.
Governor Ayade opined that Agriculture and food security are indispensable factors in the overall development of any state or nation, adding that apart from providing food which we will depend on, it also provides a vast opportunity for business activities and employment.
The convener and permanent secretary, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Olusola Idowu intimated that the Dialogue is premised on the call by the UN Secretary-General to all the world leaders to participate in a segment that will help establish a future direction for food systems.
She stated that it is expected that the outcome from all the dialogue will be presented in the forthcoming summit scheduled to hold in New York in September 2021 as part of actions to achieve Sustainable Development Goals -SDGs by 2030.
Mrs Idowu emphasized that the objectives of the Zonal Exploratory Dialogue therefore, is to enable the states explore different options to solving National Food Systems, examine the possibilities of making it inclusive, efficient, resilient and sustainable.
The Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Ntufam Okon Owuna asserted that the submit is meant to deepen our food security systems and come up with strategies that will emancipate the South-South Agricultural hub and our Nation concomitantly from the shackles of poverty as we thread the path of economic emancipation, national growth and development.
The Exploratory Dialogue 2021 by the South-South States -Cross River, Akwa Ibom and Rivers featured goodwill messages from representatives of development partners in the region, Commissioner for Agriculture Akwa Ibom State, Ministry of International Development Corporation -MIDC, Dr. Inyang Asibong as well the private sectors.
Deputy Governor’s Press Unit, Calabar.
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