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Abia, NALDA to reactivate Ogwe Golden Chicken

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ABIA State Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) for the reactivation of the Ogwe Golden Chicken Farms in Ukwa West Local Government Area.  

  Speaking after signing the MOU,  Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, who expressed joy with the intervention of NALDA in agricultural development in Nigeria, said he was particularly thrilled with the plans of NALDA to resuscitate the Ogwe Golden Chicken, describing it as not only strategic to the people of Ukwa West but Abia as a whole.

  He described agriculture as a strategic enterprise and one of the greatest providers of jobs for the youths as well as raw materials for industries and appealed to NALDA to continue to mainstream the idea of engendering local participation in the economy as a way of reducing rural-urban drift and drive socio-economic development at the grass-roots.

  Earlier, the Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer, National Agricultural Land Development Authority, Paul Ikonne, discribed the Ogwe Golden Chicken project as a strategic farm for the people of Abia State, adding that the farm, when operational, will employ about 3000 youths.

  Prince Ikonne while disclosing that the first phase of the project will be commissioned in December this year, said that the project would be community based as youths will be recruited from the immediate community. He also said that Abia is entitled to three integrated farm estates to be developed by NALDA in addition to benefiting from the fish village currently being developed in Ikwuano Local Government Area.

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