A bill seeking the establishment of the Federal College of Agriculture Abua/Odial, Rivers State, has passed second reading in the red chamber.
The upper legislative chamber said the institution when established, would not only address the educational needs of the people of Rivers West Senatorial District, but also serve as a research and training centre for the development of agriculture in the country.
The Federal College of Agriculture (Establishment) Bill, Rivers State Bill, 2021 was sponsored by Senator Betty Apiafi representing Rivers West during plenary in Anuja.
Senator Apiafi, while leading the debate on the bill, which was read for the first time in November 23, 2021, said over 80 percent of the people in the district are involved in agriculture, hence a major reason to establish an agricultural institution to promote and enlighten the indigenes and Nigerians as a whole on current best practices in the sector.
The lawmaker said that the College of Agriculture, through agricultural education, training, research, and development would have a direct impact on poverty reduction by increasing farm productivity, subsequent increase in food supply, creating employment opportunities for both skilled and unskilled labour, and reducing the cost of food items due to availability.
She added that the institution, when established, would help accelerate agricultural growth rate, enhance the income of farmers, transform educational infrastructure, yield quality agricultural products, and generate employment opportunities in the sector.
Açcording to Senator Apiafi, “it is clear that investing in agriculture is the way forward and creating more agricultural institutions in order to train and develop competent human capacity should be a priority.”
By James itodo….