The Orji Uzor Kalu Foundation has successfully commenced the 2nd Batch distribution of the "High Yielding Palm Seedlings" to beneficiaries at no cost.
The health, environmental and economic benefits of Palm Oil cannot be over emphasized. Current technological and scientific inventions suggests that as a nation we can't continue to rely on "crude"oil as our major source of revenue. It's the more reason we are championing "economic diversification" to the Agricultural sector.
The "Palm seedlings Agricultural Empowerment Programme" aims at not just creating wealth for our teeming population but to also support the Federal Government's Policy to revolutionise Agriculture.
The unit cost of "Palm Seedling" of the Tenera Specie costs about 1500 - 2000 naira and not every current or intending rural farmer may able you afford to purchase the amount needed for cultivation. However, we purchased 450,000 which we are distributing freely to farmers. The only criterion for qualification is proof of ownership of family land and the size of the family land would determine the quantity of seedlings to be issued.
The Orji Uzor Kalu Foundation is currently distributing the special specie seedlings free of charge to farmers for onward planting. The special specie known as "Tenera" takes about 2-3 years to mature for harvesting. The initiative was borne out of the need to spur Abia farmers to go into palm plantation and other cash crops in order to create wealth.
We forecast that the dependence on importation of palm from Thailand and Malaysia would drastically reduce, by the time people begin to harvest the fruits of the palm.
Our beneficiaries have so far been drawn from Abia-North, Abia State , neighbouring States like Rivers and so on.
We congratulate the beneficiary farmers and urge them to work with our consultants to ensure that the seedlings are nutured properly .
For Registeration kindly visit Camp Neya, Igbere,Bende LGA, Abia-State.