Anambra State Government records increase in rice production
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query_builder October 3, 2019 16:19:01

By John Ndu :

Igbariam (Anambra East LGA), Oct. 3, 2019 (MOI) Anambra State Government says it has recorded increase in its rice production capacity.

This is following the latest inauguration of an Ultra-Modern Coscharis Farm Rice Processing Mill located at Igbariam, Anambra East Local Government Area (LGA).

The processing mill is a `Public-Private-Partnership’ between the company and the Anambra State Government.

The farm has been projected to produce 60 tons of rice per day and 40,000 tons per year. At full capacity, it will be expected to produce 180 tons per day and 120,000 tons per anum.

The mill would also create not less than 3,000 jobs to engage teeming youths of Anambra State across value chain of rice production.

In a speech during the inauguration, Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra said with Coscharis Rice Mill, the rice production capacity of the state would increase to enhance food sufficiency.

 ``Coscharis Farms adds about 4.69 per cent to food production in Anambra State, contributing to increase in rice production in the state from 80,000 tons in 2014 to 345,280 tons.

``Coscharis Farms were among the first businesses to respond to Gov Obiano's Akulueuno call; it has been joined by many others like JOSAN Mills, Umunbo, Stine Industry at Ufuma,’’ Obiano added.

The Governor commended the CEO, Coscharis for heeding his Akuluouno call.

 ``I Hope the company will ensure creation of job opportunities for the teeming youths.’’

Governor of Central Bank (CBN), Mr Godwin Emefiele applauded Gov. Obiano for his lofty vision and policies in creating friendly environment for businesses to thrive.

 ``In May 2015, the CBN released N2 billion to the farm, N4 billion in December 2015, as well as N1 billion in August 2019, but Coscharis has since repaid about N800 million

``I urge other states to borrow a leaf from Anambra State as I extol Coscharis for their commitment,’’ Emefiele said.

Governor of Kebbi State, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku Bagudu stressed that his partnership with Coscharis had yielded positive results and boosted the production capacity in his state.

He noted that the investment provided solutions to millions of farmers in his state as they now have off take and better seedlings that could double production capacity.

Minister for Agriculture, Alhaji Sabo Nanono, represented by Minister of State for Agriculture, Alhaji Mustapha Baba Shehuri, emphasised the need for more investments in agriculture.

``There is no better time to invest in agriculture, especially rice production than now as it is in line with Federal Government's policy to attain self sufficiency in rice production.

``I advocate for more investments in rice production and other areas of agriculture,’’ the minister emphasised.

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Farm, Mr Cosmas Maduka noted that Gov. Obiano had been supportive, especially in providing adequate security to the farm.

``The years of waiting, though discouraging, afforded me time to study the sector more and articulate my investment plans adequately and to tap the potential in agricultural development.

``I waited patiently through the years when armed robbery, kidnapping and other criminalities were rife in the state, praying for government that will recognise the need for safety and security.

``In 2014, my prayers were answered when Chief Willie Obiano became the governor of Anambra State and declared war on criminals; and in barely three months, drove them away.

 ``Anambra, then, became a safe, stable and enabling environment for business and investment,’’ Maduka stressed.

Dignitaries present include Sen. Victor Umeh, Speaker, Anambra State House of Assembly, Mr Uchenna Okafor, former Governor, Dame Virgy Etiaba, and service chiefs.

Traditional ruler and Chairman, South East Traditional Rulers’ Council, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe attended in company of some other natural rulers. (MOI)