Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade has come out to say that farming is one of the ways the country can cope amid the coronavirus pandemic.
He recently revealed that Cross Riverians, especially women, should try to go into farming for the nation to be sustained amid the outbreak.
According to him, his government’s commitment to Agriculture is the reason why farmers in the state enjoy 5 percent interest loan, and he does this because he knows that without a farm, we have no business in the 21st century.
He added that women are even better farmers than men because they are more dedicated, committed, consistent, and have more firepower than the opposite gender.
His words, “Let me use this opportunity to say it very loud and clear that the future prosperity lies with farmers. If you don’t have a farm, you have no business in the 21st century.
“The post-Covid 19 pandemic has become very clear that only farmers have the capacity to survive even if all the doors are closed and so I challenge everyone one of you to own a farm and to show me indeed that your farm is working.”
“Cross River State has made a choice of agro industrialization and the project pathway is so orgasmic and organically connected with a kind of syntax that allows you enjoy the pleasure of the income stream that we have provided by making available a 5% interest loan for all farmers in Cross River State by leaving the sum of N500m with the Cross River microfinance bank.
“Let me say it very clearly that from my experience when you give a loan to a woman to go into farming, you are surer than when you give that loan to a man.
“Because women are more dedicated, they are more committed, more consistent, they have firepower, they have Integrity and honour they have capacity they have intellect and morality they have everything that qualifies them to show consistency and commitment to purpose.”
“I encourage women to please take advantage of the submission of the Honorable Minister for Agriculture that interest-free loans are available. I also plead with the Honorable Minister to increase the money set aside for the women from 35% to 50% that way you can be sure that you will get your returns.”