Speakers at the recently ended fifth Anambra State Agriculture Exhibition, held at Obu Umunri, Enugwu Ukwu, in Njikoka Local Government Council Area, Anambra State, have identified the invaluable role of agriculture in the survival and development of any nation or community. According to them, agriculture is a means of ensuring food security and gainful employment opportunities, especially for youths.

The exhibition which featured the display of different palm produce and other agricultural products, was attended by many farmers who came to display and sell their palm produce. Also in attendance were dignitaries from all walks of life, including the traditional ruler Enugwu-Ukwu, Igwe Ralph Ekpeh and some members of his cabinet as well as the Chairman of Enugwu-Ukwu Agricultural Commission, Mr. Charles Amilo.

Speaking at the ceremony, Igwe Ralph Ekpeh stated that agriculture is the easiest way of making wealth. Pointing out the cultural significance of agriculture to the people of Enugwu-Ukwu, the Igwe described them as traditional, natural farmers who settled in different parts of Igbo land to do what they know how to do best. He therefore called on the people of the area, both young and old, and Ndi-Igbo generally to embrace agriculture to ensure food security and happy living.

Also speaking at the opening ceremony, the Chairman of Enugwu-Ukwu Agricultural Commission, Mr. Charles Amilo, noted that it was important to fight idleness by encouraging people to embrace agriculture to ensure food sufficiency and gainful employment for youths. He added that the time has come youths to focus their attention on agriculture instead of searching for white collar jobs which cannot fulfil their yearning for self-sustainability and empowerment opportunities.

An indigence of the town and member representing Dunukofia, Njikoka and Anaocha Federal Constituency, Honorable Valentine Anyika remarked that Enugwu-Ukwu is a known ancient agrarian town and called for more intervention in the Agricultural sector to generate revenue and create empowerment opportunities for the youths.

Farmers from different villages of Enugwu-Ukwu including, Mr Stephen Umeadi and Mrs Evelyn Nwakaego showcased the produce from their farms. They commended the organizers for making the exhibition the success that it was and therefore called on more people in the area to embrace agriculture, Prices which include motor cycle, sewing machine and other consolation prizes were presented to the winners of the competition held during the exhibition.

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