Organisation Engages Oil Palm Farmers in Cross River On Sustainable Agriculture

...the focus of the meeting is to bring to the attention of all stakeholders of their responsibilities towards turning around the oil palm economy.

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Organisation Engages Oil Palm Farmers in Cross River On Sustainable Agriculture
A cross section of farmers during the Solidaridad training in Calabar

By DOMINIC OKOH 

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olidaridad, an international organisation with eight regional expertise centres has engaged oil palm stakeholders in Cross River State on sustainable oil palm cultivation.

 The engagement which took place during a one day state multi-stakeholders platform meeting attracted participants including the traditional rulers Ikom, Bekwarra and Biase LGA's in the state.

Speaking during the engagement, Dr. Otu Ibor, the State MSP coordinator said the focus of the meeting is to bring to the attention of all stakeholders of their responsibilities towards turning around the oil palm economy.

He added that it will also help promote mitigation greenhouse gases, promote inclusive access for productive assets for enhanced livelihoods with priorities for women and youths.

He explained that the engagement will also verify and provide evidence  of the challenges and risk exposure of small holder farmerts and their oil palm holdings in the Nation Initiative on Sustainable Climate Smart Oil Palm. Small holders implementing states.

The target of the project is 12,000 small holder farmers.

Speaking at the end of the MSP sensitization meeting, the acting paramount Ruler of Ikom, HRH Ntoe B. A. Ndoma said he is so happy with what the NGO is doing to help their farmers.

We need to synergize with them at the local government area so that our people will maximise the benefit they are giving.

On his part, the paramount Ruler of  Bekwarra HRM Odey Linus Obeche said Solidaridad is touching the local people at home through their intervention in oil palm cultivation.

He said his council is going to encourage the local people there to key in and maximise the benefits inherent in the project.

Also speaking, the paramount Ruler of Biase, HRM Onun Apostle Nicholas, said the knowledge gathered from the sensitization will be disseminated to their subjects.

He added that they will deliberate among themselves in Biase and explore how they will benefit from what solidaridad is doing.

Earlier, the permanent Secretary in the state's ministry of Agriculture, Jacob Udida said the ministry has enjoyed a robust partnership with solidaridad.

He said the state is always ready to partner with them but requested for a larger scope of partnership and intervention in the state in view of its landmass and geography.