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Thursday, May 18, 2017

30 Indisputable Facts About Agricultural Revolution in Anambra State Powered by #ObianoEffect

Stop wondering how Anambra is getting it right, below is the ABC of the government's secret in agricultural sector...

1. The new safe and secure environment encourages more persons to go into Agriculture

2. Agriculture is the number one of the 4 Pillars of Gov Obiano's economic blue print hence the special attention given to the sector in Anambra

3. Gov Obiano on assumption of office set up a 14-Committee on Agriculture led by Prof Chukwuemeka Omaliko to put together a special blueprint for the agro sector

4. Gov Obiano also set up a Land Acquisition Committee led by Dr Tim Menakaya for easy negotiation with communities to acquire land for large scale farming

5. Precision Agriculture was initiated with Data Bank for Farmers and active Situation Room for progress monitoring and evaluation

6. All farmers associations were coordinated to set up cooperatives as and where necessary

7. Farmers including Rice and Vegetable Farmers are regularly given special trainings on the global trend in agricultural value chain

8. Over N1.5b support fund have been distributed to Small and Medium Scale Enterprises with special focus on farmers especially women and young persons

9. Anambra Small Business Agency provides unlimited access to single-digit interest loans for citizens interested in farming

10. Improved Seedlings and Farm Implements are being distributed to farmers at zero or very subsidized cost

11. Anambra Farmers have been networked for easy access to markets and sources of support

12. Roads leading to agrarian communities are being constructed to facilitate accessibility urban markets

13. Anambra State Investment Promotion and Protection Agency was set up as one stop shop for quality investors

14. Over N1bn investment has been attracted into Agro sector alone in just 3 years

15. Agro investors include: Consharis Farms - Rice; Joseph Agro Limited - Rice; Delfarms Ltd - Integrated Farm project; Novetech Farms - Rice; Eckcel Farms - Tomatoes; Lynden Farms - Integrated Farm project; MIP Farms - Tomatoes and Green House production; Tricity Integrated Farms; Silos and Grains - Malting; amongst others.

16. In 2014, Anambra was producing 80,000 metric tonnes of rice but today, the State produces over 320,000 metric tonnes of rice

17. Anambra Rice is now the Best Rice Brand in Africa as adjudged in Produce Exhibition in Lagos last year

18. Gov Obiano instituted the Agricultural Export Programme with a desk to develop agro allied export market potentials of the State

19. A special arrangement with ABX World Cargo Ltd in partnership with Bosh Produce facilitates the export of agricultural products from Anambra State

20. Ugu (Pumpkin Leaf) and Onugbu (Bitter-leaf) are being exported to the United Kingdom by Anambra farmers

21. There are demands for export of over 1 million tubers of yam to the United States from Anambra State

22. Anambra commenced the "From the Farms to the Factories" initiative, providing critical links between the farmers and the industries which need their products as raw materials

23. Off takers are been energized to buy off agricultural products from indigenous farmers

24. Stine Industries Limited and other millers buy off from rice farmers to produce Anambra Rice

25. SABMiller Breweries is linked to buy off Sorghum from Delfarm/Songhai Farms Limited to brew Hero Beer

26. Tiger Foods are planned to buy off spices from the locaindirectlyacross the State

27. Grand Cereal Ltd is being linked to buy off cassava and maize from the farmers in Anambra

28. Thousands of jobs have been created through Agriculture alone but directly and indirectly

29. Anambra is heading to becoming a leading State in Agriculture and among the top 3 States in Rice Production

30. Other States and the Federal Government are beginning to adopt the Anambra Approach in Agro Sector.

+ many others...


By Ifeanyi Aniagoh
SSA on Social Media
Anambra State.

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