Investment In Agriculture: A Panacea To Food Sufficiency –Gov Emmanuel
Akwa Ibom State government has expressed optimism that it enormous investment in the agricultural sector of the economy would bring about wealth creation and food sufficiency in the state.
The State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, stated this during his visit to the Green House agricultural project along the Ibom International Airport Road and the Cattle Ranch at Adiadia Community in Uruan Local Government Area.
The Governor said that the Agro investment is intended to ensure availability of raw materials for agro-based industries, generate income and make food affordable and available for the people of the state.
Accompanied during the visit by the Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Sufficiency, Dr Uduak Udoinyang, and some members of his cabinet and Chairman, Ibom Power Plant, Engr. Etido Inyang, and the Chairman of Internal Revenue Service Board, Mr Okon.
He said that the garri processing Mill established in the three Senatorial Districts of the state has flooded the market with Ibom Garri which has drastically reduced the cost of the staple food in the state.
Governor Emmanuel who lauded the Agro investors from Mexico for the innovation in the cultivation of Tomatoes and Cucumber using the Greenhouse project, expressed satisfaction at the increased yield of the vegetables and announced the state government plans to establish a tomatoe manufacturing plant to can the tomatoe purees for export.
He acknowledged that the value chain in Agriculture was enormous, adding that within a shortwhile Agriculture will become the main source of revenue for the state and thanked the San Carlos Group for partnering the state in its Agro investments.
At the ranch where the grass cultivation has been more than sixty percent on about a hundred hectares of land, the Governor explained that the facility which is a fully integrated ranch would cater for about two thousand herds of cattle which would produce milk, cheese, yogurt for consumption and other products for industrial uses.
The Green House Project Manager, Cubus Schlebusch, explained that the Green House provides adequate chlorophyll to the plants and prevent external factors that may impedes the growth of the plants, adding that the hydroponic system used in the house was a cheaper way of cultivating high yielding crops which are nutritious and affordable
His counterpart at the Cattle Ranch, Julio Cesar, explained the dynamics of the project and the extent it has gone to the Governor expressing appreciation for the opportunity given their firm to contribute to the development of the state.
Julio Cesar assured that some of the workers would acquire skills that would enable them to establish their own farms and contribute to the food sufficiency drive of the state government.