Awo-omamma Development Forum yesterday hosted 37 indigent farmers at Luton Villa Hotels Awo-omamma for an agricultural empowerment program. The 37 farmers were selected three from each village that makes up the thirteen villages in Awo-omamma. According to the committee, the program is aimed at training and empowering thirty-nine indigent farmers drawn from each village. There was an open call for nomination of indigent farmers by ADF members.  It is yet another show of commitment to community development by Awo-omamma Development Forum.

Awo-omamma Agriculture Empowerement by ADF

The farmers received training on organic farming from experts who were invited from the state Ministry of Agriculture by ADF. ADF understands that sustainable development is not all about providing money or items to farmers. Hence, the training was organized to provide the farmers with current knowledge of organic farming and best practices to enhance production. It turned out the farmers enjoyed the training and are grateful for the knowledge acquired.

Awo-omamma Agriculture Empowerement by ADF
A training session during the empowerment program.

The farmers were also provided with farming inputs and fertilizers. The era of providing rural dwellers with money and food has passed because it is not sustainable. Sustainable development experts have noted that raising fund to dash to rural dwellers money without providing a development framework is exacerbating poverty. This is because people who get free money will always ask for more.

ADF’s development plan has shown similar sustainable approaches in programs they have implemented in the past. For instance, ADF in 2016 raised 1.5 million naira to provide N100,000 grant to thirteen young entrepreneurs in Awo-omamma. The Young Entrepreneurship Program (YEP) featured three days intensive training on entrepreneurship and management for young entrepreneurs. The selected entrepreneurs have continued to receive mentorship and support from business experts who are members of ADF.

Awo-omamma Agriculture Empowerement by ADF
Farm inputs and fertilizers provided to the farmers by ADF.

Here is the list of beneficiaries of the empowerment program:

1. UBACHIMA:
a.Mrs Anthonia Nwadiuche
b.Mrs Comfort Nwoke
c.Mr Adolphus Iwuorie

2. ISIEKE:
a.Mrs Eunice Ukagha
b. Mr Princewill Okereafor
c.Mr Ben Ugwumadu.

3. UMUBOCHI:
a.Mr Apolos Amaechi
b.Mr Kenneth Esomeonu
c.Mr Ambrose Okoro

4. UMUEZUKWE:
a.Mrs Ijeoma Ike
b.Mrs Chika Ifeanyi Ihejirika
c.Mrs. Eucharia Nnadi

5. UMUEME:
a.Mr Kingsley Orji
b.Mrs Anthonia Emezienna
c.Mr Celestine Offor

6. UBAHAEZE:
a.Mr Cletus Onyenamaya
b.Mr Christopher Obi
c.Mrs Virginia Udogwu

7. OHUBA:
a.Miss Anthonia Ihekauba
b.Mr Anthony Okeke
c.Mr Theophilus Odazie

8. OBIBI:
a. Mr Isaac Nwosu
b.Mrs Rose Emetuba

9. UMUOKWE:
a.Mr Cletus Ahamaefule
b.Mrs Christiana Duru
c.Mr Ukachukwu Nails

10. UMUEZEALA:
a. Mr Chinenye Ugonyanwu
b.Mrs Ugonna Okwuigbo

11. UBOGWU:
a. Mr Emeka Igwechi-Call Welfare
b. Mr Jerry Nwakibu- Called Ochendo
c.Mrs Uchenna Ukah

12. UMUEZIKE:
a.Mrs Chinwe Madueke
b.Mrs Chioma Amagwula
c. Mr. Andrew Ajaere

13. OKWUORJI:
a. Mr Chibie Paul Udoka
b. Mrs Paschaline Ike
c. Mr Fidelis Nwoke

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