Harnessing Economic Benefits in Agricultural Waste….OZIOMACHI BENDE



Available research shows that no aspect of agriculture – farm produce – is useless or valueless. Rather, every facet of the agricultural produce chain is quite beneficial. For instance, the by-product of palm oil can be used for the production of soap, butter, tiles, brake pads, etc.

Hence, embracing agriculture, even if it is focusing on byproducts and the value chain, brings forth myriad benefits that would be pivotal for Umunna’s overall development. Hon. Nnamdi Ibekwe’s teachings on the advantages of agriculture serve as a clarion call to guide the communities towards a sustainable future marked by food sufficiency, increased employment opportunities, and enhanced income generation.

The cultivation and utilisation of byproducts in agriculture have proven to be the game-changer. A varitable example can be seen in the transformation of a seemingly mundane corn cob, traditionally used as waste or as dirt, into a valuable commodity that sells for two thousand dollars. This paradigm shift does not only highlight the potential economic gains but also underscores the importance of recognising the untapped value in seemingly ordinary agricultural byproducts.

Food sufficiency is a crucial aspect that can not be overstated. By engaging in agriculture, Umunna not only secures a local and reliable food source but also contributes to broader national and regional food security. This self-sufficiency ensures resilience in the face of external shocks, such as fluctuating global food prices or disruptions in the supply chain.

Furthermore, the agricultural sector is a powerhouse for employment. As Umunna delves into farming and its associated activities, it opens up a plethora of job opportunities across various skill sets. From cultivation to processing, packaging, and distribution, the entire agricultural value chain becomes a source of livelihood for many, addressing unemployment concerns and fostering economic growth within the people.

Income generation is another pivotal advantage tied to agriculture. As Hon. Nnamdi Ibekwe aptly communicates that the byproducts and value chain of agriculture offer lucrative opportunities for individuals and communities to augment their income. Selling a mere corn cob two thousand dollars serves as a tangible example of the economic potential embedded in what was once considered waste. This newfound source of income can be channelled into further investment, education, healthcare, and other essential aspects of community development.

Oziomachi’s emergence as a prayer answered in Bende North state constituency exemplifies the positive impact of embracing agriculture. It is a testament to the transformative power of agricultural initiatives, not only in terms of economic gains but also in fostering people’s development and self-reliance.

In conclusion, the benefits derived from agriculture, especially when focusing on byproducts and the value chain, are extensive and transformative. Hon. Nnamdi Ibekwe’s guidance, constantly promoted through Oziomachi, underscores the need for Umunna to wholeheartedly embrace agriculture. By doing so, the people can unlock a very sustainable future marked by food security, increased employment, enhanced income generation, and overall socio-economic prosperity.

*Oziomachi Media Team*


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