The office of the Special Assistant to Governor Udom Emmanuel on Agriculture Monitoring headed by Mr. Moses Armstrong is currently training 150 graduates in Uyo senatorial district on vegetable crops cultivation.
The programme is designed for beneficiaries to major in tomato, onions, cabbage, carrot, Lettuce, and cucumber cultivation, among others.
It was gathered that the programme will be duplicated in Ikot Ekpene and Eket senatorial districts of Akwa Ibom State.
Mr Armstrong, who spoke recently on on the mode of selection, a said coordinator would take two persons from each from each ward of every local govt of the senatorial district.
Armstrong said, “They (beneficiaries) are interviewed, inducted and trained in the paramilitary way for maximum discipline.
“The training is done by an NGO (Non Governmental Organization) called “Food Defence Initiative.
“The demonstration farm for the training is located at the Federal Cereal Research Institute at Nung Oku Ibesikpo, in Ibesikpo Asutan local government area.
“We are cultivating two hectares of land there given to me by the federal institute.
“The DSS boss in Ibesikpo Asutan command is aware of our activities there and always come around yo see what we ate doing.
“We have started nursing and about to transplant in two weeks. And we intend to empower the trainees to own their own farms, while we employ some in our own demonstration farms which we intend to expand by heacters.
“We also intend to involve local government chairmen in the area of empowerment for their people after graduation”.
Armstrong said the training is in line with the Dakadda philosophy of Governor Udom Emmanuel to awaken the can do spirit of the Akwa Ibom people.