The Evangelist News Edition, June, 20, 2023. By Tony Udoh
In line with the Agricultural revolution philosophy of the present Akwa Ibom State government, Governor Umo Eno has commenced talks with the Turkish government on possible areas of partnership.
Speaking during a courtesy visit to the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkiye to Nigeria, Mr. Hidayet Bayraktar, Governor Eno stated that one of the major focus of his administration is agricultural revolution, adding that the government of Akwa Ibom State is willing and ready to partner with key players in the global agricultural sub-sector to achieve the lofty goal.
It is on record that Turkiye ranks high in terms of agricultural production per hectare, and the government provides many opportunities and financial support for agri-business.
In Turkiye, agriculture is one of the most important economic platforms that contribute strongly to the growth of the country’s economy, and is a major producer of wheat, sugar, milk, poultry, cotton, tomatoes, and other fruits and vegetables, as well as apricots and hazelnuts for which it ranks as the top producer in the world.
Governor Eno who was conducted round the Green House at the Embassy of the Republic of Turkiye, assured the Ambassador that Akwa Ibom is one of the most peaceful states in the country and with large expands of arable land which, if maximally cultivated, could feed its people, the country and even more.
According to him, “Agriculture is our major focus, so we will like to work with you to achieve our goal on agricultural revolution; and I can assure you that you will enjoy Akwa Ibom State.”
In his response, the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkiye to Nigeria, Mr. Hidayet Bayraktar appreciated Governor Eno for the visit and assured him that his country would not hesitate to partner with the state government to achieve its aim of revolutionising the agricultural sector.