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All is now set for the hosting of the 42nd regular meeting of the National Council of Agriculture and Rural Development which opens in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital. Making the disclosure on 21st of April, 2017, while speaking to newsmen in her office in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State Commissioner for Agriculture, Barr Onimim Jacks, explained that it is expected to be a week long event, starting from Monday the 24th of April to Friday, April 28, 2017.

According to her the event would hold at the Dr Obi Wali Centre, Port Harcourt. It begins with a technical session. She said matters affecting the growth of agricultural value chain in respect to cassava, rice, maize and sorghum, amongst other crops, would be discussed.

The agricultural boss revealed that farmers associations in the state would be involved in the event. She further disclosed that the meeting, which would be led by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbe, will pay visits to the state council of traditional rulers and chiefs on Wednesday. “We want to sell agriculture to the monarchs so that they can properly take such message to their subjects, she said.

Other areas that the council would visit, she added, include Indorama, International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and The Agricultural College Onne, amongst others.

Source: The Tide