Uwolo Ibuzo Empowers Farmers with Yam Seedlings
By: Philip Ng. Ifechukwude Kwusike
Uwolo Ibuzo, Uwolo Amaechi Nwaenie today empowers about thirty farmers in Ibusa with yam seedlings numbering between 100 – 150 pieces. This gesture was informed by the need to encourage yam farming in the community. Owing to his status as a traditional leader, he said that he has observed overtime that most farmers in the community are gradually derailing from the real farming tradition that the town was known for in the past. Back then, he recalled “your prowess in yam farming determines your wealth as a ‘di ji’ in Ibusa. Then, your yam barn proves the man you are”, he submitted.
Lately, a lot of farmers have completely engaged in majority cassava farming, with very few cultivating yams. To some extent, this has increased the spate of hunger in the community. Although, some of them are into cassava farming basically for pecuniary gains, while others engaged in it just to subsist. Whichever way, the Uwolo still felt that yam cultivation remains an integral part of our communal farming, hence the donation.
There is no doubt there is hunger and poverty in the land, but a combination of yam, cassava and corn in its season, will go a long way to alleviate the stroke of hunger in families. He equally felt bad that there is a general apathy to farming in the community. This was why he decided to encourage young farmers to complement whatever vocation they are engaged in with farming.
Some of the beneficiaries are Amaiwe Onweazu from Odafe- Isiuzor, Azeh Emmanuel, Ifeanyi Ashim from Ezukwu, Abanokwu Ogbogu, Iweanya Asiodu, Fabian Ibisi, Egbochionye Ogochukwu, Aniemeka Oganah, Eluemunor Nkencho, Mohammed Danjuma, George Nkencho, etc. Most of them expressed deep appreciation to Uwolo for the wonderful gesture.
“I have never seen or receive such empowerment from anybody before. I thank the Uwolo and pray that God will keep him for us”, one of them enthused.
The good thing about this empowerment is that it is timely. A new farming season is about to begin. As a result, it is an opportunity for the beneficiaries to make good use of the gift.
The amiable Uwolo who has been in the United Kingdom for many years, but felt the need to come home and serve his people and community, gladly observed that it is better to teach one how to fish rather than giving him fish.
This kind of gesture is worthy of emulation. My News on Point therefore, call on the sons and daughters of Ibuzo to support the farmers in our community.