From: Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
Delta Government on Wednesday inaugurated a N35 million, cluster of 10 Green Houses for vegetable farming, a World Bank sponsored project in the state.
Mr, Julius Egbedi, State Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, unveiled the project at Ukala OKpuno in Oshimili North Local Government Area of the state.
He said that the project was a subproject of the State for Employment and Expenditure for Result (SEEFOR) and Fadama lll in Ukala Fadama Community Association (FCA), World Bank counterpart sponsored project.
“The project which is a cluster of 10 Green Houses for vegetable farming by Fadama Users Group (FUG) is the first of its kind in Delta.
“The Project is a novel one which will revolutionise agriculture in the state because the use of green houses is an approach to agricultural production that will expose the farmers to global best practices.
“It is expected to boost productivity, improve livelihood, incomes of beneficiaries, food sufficiency and jobs creation drive of the Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa led administration,” he said.
He thanked the donour agencies and charged the people of the community to protect project and through peaceful coexistence.
Also, Mr Austin Oghoro, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, disclosed that the project cost a total of N35 million to execute.
He said that the green houses were expected to support the production of vegetables, adding that the first cycle started with pepper production.
“A total sum of N35 million was expended on the sub project for the provision of the green houses kits comprising of assets and inputs, capacity building, 20KVA power generating set, borehole and accessories,” he said.
Oghoro thanked the SEEFOR and Fadama, noting that the Achievement was made possible because the state governor paid the counterpart funds to attract the project.