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query_builder February 11, 2019 16:14:52


By Nkiru Chukwudi-Amuta

Awka, Feb. 11, 2019 (MOI) Anambra State Government is to partner a German Firm, Better Eco Company for mass production of agricultural produce in the state.

Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Afam Mbanefo, gave the indication at his office during the visit of Agric Committee members of the German company,

The members were in the state for negotiation on products of their interest including oil palm, mango, banana, cashew and plantain.

 Addressing them Mr Mbanefo said that estimation had been carried out by different technical teams, concerning the selected products.

He urged them to ascertain the cost of yield and the waste percentage in order to determine the next line of action in their subsequent meetings.

The Agric commissioner noted that there was the need to determine a list of farmers’ groups to identify with various crops.

He emphasized there was also the need to record the size of their farm land and what they could produce since `Better Eco Farm’ have already given them their requirements on yearly basis.

He, then, added that he would co-opt some other staff of the ministry by recharging their phones with N500 MTN cards.

``This will assist the control room personnel in sending bulk SMS to farmers that will give them the appropriate size of their farmlands.’’

Mbanefo re-assured that those with appropriate size of farmlands would be enlisted since the state desired to support active best practicing farmers that were serious and honest.

The commissioner prayed that they look into commodities that the state had relative advantage in producing.

Earlier, the team leader, Mr Mark Abani said that their mission was to interact with the state government on how to improve Agriculture, particularly on specific products like Oil Palm, Rice, Cassava, Cashew, Rubber and Poultry.

The visit also featured tour of ministry’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Control Room. (MOI)