UGOCHI NWAGBO writes that a renowned farmer in Anambra State, Prince Ugochukwu Okpalaeke along with stakeholders in Aguata Local Government Area have called on school children to develop interest in farming as they look towards the future.
The stakeholders made the call during the distribution of 5000 pieces of 60-leaves exercise book to pupils and students of all primary and secondary schools in Umuchu in Aguata by Eagle Food Processing Industry Nigeria Limited at a ceremony held at Government Technical School (GTC), Umuchu.
Government officials, community leaders, farmers, principals, head teachers and teachers along with pupils and students witnessed the ceremony.
In his address, the Managing Director of Eagle Food Processing Industry, Prince Okpalaeke said the distribution was part of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of the Industry noting that the Food Processing company has strongly lent support for quality education for pupils and students in Umuchu with scholarship schemes, giving prices for best performing Students in Secondary School and University as well as rehabilitation of Classroom blocks.
Prince Okpalaeke who is the current chairman of Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) Anambra State Chapter as well as founder of Osimiri Foundation said: “Today’s event is part of Eagle Food Education Intervention Program to boost quality education in Umuchu. The event proper is distribution of 5000 copies of 60 leaves exercise book to pupils and students in all the primary and secondary schools in Umuchu. Eagle Food is passionate about quality education of our children hence this widow’s mite gesture to our children’’.
Using himself as a case in point on benefits of farming and how farmers make profits and rapid progress in life, he told the children that it takes lower amount of money to start farming than to start a business at Onitsha Main Market or other markets noting that he started with 50 birds and now he has over 300 000 birds, about 300 workers on his payroll and has over the years bagged national awards such as National Productivity Order of Merritt (NPOM) Award Issued him by former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2013 and Best Farmer of The Year Award in Imo State by Central Bank of Nigeria among others.
The Commissioner for Agriculture Hon Afam Mbanefo represented by Joe Igbokwe received the books from the donor and said that it is wonderful thing to see that Eagle Food is lending support for education in addition to other things the company is doing such as enhancing food security in the State.
In his remarks the Principal of GTC, Mr Offia Alphonsus thanked the management of Eagle Food for considering it right enough the aid quality education in the community.