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query_builder October 11, 2018 13:24:43

By David Okpala/Stella Ifeoma Okpala

Ekwulobia (Aguata LGA), Oct. 10, 2018 (MOI) President, Pig Farmers Association of Nigeria, Prof. Chukwudozie Ezeokoli, has commended Gov. Willie Obiano for making Anambra State the first choice investment destination in Africa.

Ezeokoli made the commendation while admonishing the farmers at Aguata Local Government Hall on Oct. 8, during their monthly meeting.

He, however, urged affluent Ndi Anambra to diversify their investments as they queue behind, the ``Aku luo uno’ mantra.

``The number of hotels and other investments in filling stations Anambra have reached almost a saturation point while other areas of investment are waiting for exploitation.

``World economic powers such as the U.S., China, Canada and do not have oil deposits but through technology and Agriculture developed their economies.

``So, industrialists within and in The Diaspora should invest in industries that can produce pig feeds.

``The raw materials for the feeds are soya beans cake, groundnut cakes, millet and other facilities grown abundantly in the country.

``It is a potential money-spinning business, now that pig farming is growing rapidly.

``European Countries, China and Australia consume pork meat in large quantities. So, industries that package pork chops for export will rake in foreign exchange earnings.

``Let us think more of exports than imports, considering the huge amount of international currency that can be made,’’ Prof. Ezeokoli said.

He also enjoined Anambra State Government to establish a modern abattoir of international standard for slaughtering of pigs. This will help to expand the pig market for favourable economic gains.

A member of the association, Mr Nwagbo Anoikwa, from Akpo, enjoined pig farmers to keep their farms clean, so as to avoid being penalised by sanitation authority for filthiness.

Anoikwa also reminded them that pig diseases could affect humans and as such to avoid unnecessary loss of lives and to be in harmony with neighbouring states, `let us keep our farms clean to remain free from diseases’’. (MOI)