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Akwa Ibom: Agriculture Ministry Visits Coconut Plantation

The Ministry of Agriculture, Akwa Ibom State has embarked on an inspection tour of the St. Gabriel’s Coconut Plantation, Mkpat Enin.

The delegation from the Ministry which was led by the Director of Agriculture, Mr. Emmanuel Akpan, was received on site by the farm manager, Mr Offiong Offiong.

Briefing journalists shortly after the tour, Mr. Akpan noted that indications abound that coconuts at the plantation will start yielding fruits before the end of the year.

He added that the St. Gabriel’s Coconut Plantation is a large farm that cuts across the three Local Government Areas of Mkpat Enin, Ikot Abasi and Eastern Obolo. 

“There has been a remarkable improvement in terms of yields and performance of the crops which has been possible because we injected into the plantation the correct agronomy practices to ensure that the crops are doing very well. I can assure you, within five (5) months from now, most of these crops will start fruiting. We can boldly say, the crops are doing very well as you can see. The government of Governor Udom Emmanuel, recognizing the benefits of the plantation has provided funds to be sure the plantation is standard” he said.

He revealed that the Ministry of Agriculture has set modalities in motion to provide coconut seedlings to all public schools in the state to ensure that these schools cultivate coconuts and other crops in line with the economic drive of government. Already, about 70 schools have been given.

He further noted that the St. Gabriel’s Coconut plantation has provided employment for over 300 youths of the state (Field workers) with constant monthly remuneration.

Responding, one of the Field Staff of St. Gabriel’s Coconut Plantation, Mr. Gabriel Sampson, lauded Governor Udom Emmanuel for providing employment to them through the Coconut plantation and said that, “when the Ministry of Agriculture took over management of the facility, we saw the chances that professional approach will be fully adopted here, and that has been the case. The things that are currently done here are professionally accurate and the result speaks for itself”.

A youth representative from the area, Mr. Samuel Awaji appreciated Governor Udom for his passion for agriculture and for siting the Coconut Plantation in Eastern Obolo, Mkpat Enin and Ikot Abasi, which has made him a benefactor through employment and other opportunities the project has provided.

Also present during the inspection were, Mr. Ifiok Udoh – Director of Admin, Dr. Emmanuel Iton – Zonal Director of Uyo Directorate of veterinary services and some Journalists

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