By Africa Today
His Royal Majesty, Uti Joseph Davis Agba, Paramount Ruler of Obudu Local Government Area of Cross River has call on the state government to assist farmers with farm inputs such as fertilizers, herbicides, tractors and other farm implements in order to ease labour and increase harvest.
The monarch stated this in a chat with AFRICA TODAY in his Utugwang Palace in Obudu during this year’s New Yam festival celebrations.
The royal father, who averred that the 2019 yam harvest was good, also maintained that the people will do better if government supports them with inputs and hard wares to enable them cultivate more with less human labour.
According to him “ I implore the government to assist the people with inputs such as fertilizers, and other farm implements, because it is a cause for concern for us in the sense that we normally go to the northern part of Nigeria to buy, which of Couse is expensive” he stressed.
“We are not saying that government should give the fertilizers and other inputs free, but to subsidize the price and make the quantity available”
“My appeal is that government should invest in this to salvage people from poverty and suffering, we are not against the north, but as Cross Riverians we should be served first with sufficient quantity of inputs to boost our harvest”
He argued that as an agrarian community, the government should consider first the real farmers and come to their assistance so as to boost food sufficiency and also encourage young people to take up farming as a lucrative occupation.
HRM therefore thanked those who troop out en masse from far and near to celebrate and felicitate with the Obudu people praying God to grant them safe trip back home.
Obudu New Yam festival is an annual event that heralds the long awaited celebration with yam as the king of all crops, melon cake, and fresh palm wine.
It is always celebrated on every first Saturday of September.
It would be noted that Uti Joseph Davis Agba, Utedim 111 of Utugwang, was coroneted in 1959, making him the longest serving monarch in Africa and second to Queen Elizabeth 11 of England.