By Olivia Obijiaku
A former Director of National Animal Production Research Institute (NAPRI), Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria and a Professor of Animal Production and Agriculture at the same University, Prof Jerome Gefu has highlighted the just commissioned Modern Rice Mill Factory as a solution to the nation’s increasing rate of unemployment and insecurity. He made this known as the Special Guest of Honour at the commissioning which took place in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Pastoral Centre Graceland Zaria on Thursday, 28th April, 2022.
A cross section of dignitaries at the High Table
The Don thanked the Director of CATHDIZA Farms, Very Rev Fr. Michael Kagarko for embarking on the project on behalf of the Catholic Diocese of Zaria thereby soliciting support towards the sustainability of the farm.
“You recall in the Bible.” Prof Gefu refreshed. “Jesus fed the souls of the people, but at a time, they were hungry and He fed them. Fr. Kagarko is willing to feed the Catholic Diocese of Zaria and beyond. So, I urge us all to give him and the diocese the support that this project we had started so humbly will grow into leaps and bounds. This is an ongoing project. Make sure you do not take the seed home or it will remain a seed. Sow the seed so that you can have tons and tons of harvest. No matter how small, please be associated with this noble cause.”
CATHDIZA Farm Director shows the dignitaries round the factory
“When we do this, we are actually keying into the Federal Government Agricultural Transformation Agenda which says we should grow what we eat and eat what we grow. And this is exactly what we are doing. This project will go places, so that our teeming youths and teeming population will have work and desist from insurgency. On my part I will sow a seed make sure it grows into fruition and goes into bountiful harvest.”
He also called on Bank of Agriculture and her sister organization, Bank of Industry to identify with the farm project in a very significant way to ensure that type of project is sustained.