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Anambra emphasises commitment to agric revolution

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ANAMBRA State Government has emphasised a commitment toward the use of agriculture to drive the economy of the state.

  Special Assistant to the Governor Obiano on Agriculture, Mr Obioma Mbanefo said this during the handover of Bulk Cassava Processing Centre to Nwanneamaka Cooperative at Umuoba Abaegbu.

  “Agriculture is key to this administration; that is why the government will continue to support various agriculture projects to the benefit of farmers and agriculture stakeholders.

  “This wonderful Bulky Cassava Processing Centre project was attracted by Nwanneamaka Cooperative through IFAD-VCDP in collaboration with Anambra State Government.

  “Anambra West is a flood-prone area and its devastating impact is on farmers and farm produce but with projects like this the impact will not be felt so much.”

   Mbanefo said that the project would serve many purposes like storage facilities for harvested crops and also market for farmers to sell their farm produce.

  “This actually laid credence to the state government’s commitment toward revolutionising agriculture in the state.

  “The project is one among numerous projects of IFAD-assisted Value Chain Development Programme in collaboration with the state government.”

  He commended Gov. Willie Obiano for the tremendous support through payment of the state cash counterpart contribution for the Value Chain Development Programme, which made the project a reality.

  He appealed to farmers to take ownership of the project and put it into good use for their own benefit and the good of the state.

  Chairman, Nwanneamaka Cooperative Society Mr Cliff Nneli described the project as one of a kind in the whole LGA, noting that it was a project for the good of Anambra West.

  “Anambra West is an agrarian society and projects like this will definitely be of immense benefit to farmers in the LGA.

   “It will serve as a storage centre in case of flooding for farmers in Anambra West as well as a cassava processing centre for garri and other agricultural produce,” he said.

  A community leader, Mr Joseph Nwabueze hailed the state government and IFAD for the project, promising proper use of the project by the community.

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