Distinguished Urhobo leaders, yesterday, met in Asaba, the Delta State capital to evaluate and harness the agricultural potential in Urhobo land with a view to creating employment and decreasing poverty in its 24 kingdoms.
The leaders, who said this on the third version of Urhobo Financial and Funding Summit, mentioned subsistence farming was now not modern and couldn’t create the specified financial prosperity within the state.
With the theme: Harnessing Agricultural Potentials for Development and Growth in Urhobo Land, the summit was attended by Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege, Ben Igbakpa, Francis Waive, and Efe Afe, David Edevbie, who’s Chief of Workers (COS) to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, lecturers, conventional rulers and growth consultants, amongst others.
Omo-Agege famous that the Urhobo nation was endowed with pure assets wanted to maintain a stronger agrarian economic system, including that there have been a number of untapped potential within the agricultural sector that might be harnessed to create jobs, help rural growth and safe sustainable meals manufacturing for the ethnic nationality.
Talking, Igbakpa harassed the necessity for the Urhobo to be adequately ready to faucet future alternatives which will emanate from the proposed African Continental Free Commerce Zone.
Waive mentioned there was the necessity for reorientation of Urhobo farmers to make them extra receptive to authorities programmes geared toward selling agricultural actions.
Edevbie mentioned the theme of the summit was apt and a wake-up name to totally harness the agricultural potentials for higher socio-economic development of the Urhobo nation.
On his half, a professor of Animal Science on the Delta State College, Anwai, Lawrence Bratte, mentioned the lack of Urhobo farmers to transcend small-scale farming and undertake trendy agricultural strategies remained a downside within the quest to leverage the beneficial properties of the agrarian sector.
Earlier, convener of the summit, Kingsley Ubiebi mentioned his group was an interventionist physique and a think-tank set as much as complement the efforts of different teams to realize an economically viable Urhobo nation the place peace and safety would reign.