THAI-BASED AGRIC FIRM TO BEGIN ``SMART ECO RICE’’ FARMING IN ANAMBRA
By Obiageli Nwankwo
Awka, Feb. 8, 2019 (MOI) Thailand-based 4-Habitat Solution Ltd., is to commence `Smart Eco Rice’ farming in Anambra State.
Smart Eco Rice’ farming makes use of Bio Char System to introduce necessary microbes into the soil as this increases soil fertility ratio.
A delegation from the firm, led by Mr Frankgold Ekwuem released this known information during a courtesy call on Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Afam Mbanefo in his ADP office complex, Awka.
``We decided to kick start the Smart Eco Farming in Anambra because after due diligence the state has been found to have the best enabling environment for such sustainable Agric project in the country.’’
Mr Ekwuem commended Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra for his friendly disposition toward sustainable agriculture in the state.
``The governor’s untiring effort will ensure that Ndi Anambra farmers are not lacking from necessary information and developmental projects from foreign donors,’’ he added.
Mr Mbanefo stressed that Gov. Obiano administration had always been open to new ideas, concepts and technology that would ensure Smart and precision farming in the state.
The commissioner also noted that it was Governor’s vision to make the state one of the world’s food baskets.
``The state is ever ready to partner investors once the proposed projects are feasible and viable.
``The Governor tries to encourage capacity-building and staff training abroad. He also taps into the latest technology in the agriculture sector.’’
The commissioner announced that Mr Ifeanyi Ezechukwu, staff of the ministry was being currently sponsored by Government to Thailand to study their technological prowess in rice farming.
``This is a move he says is already yielding dividends.’’
Mbanefo assured the delegation that Government would continue to collaborate with the organisation on Smart Eco Rice farming in the state.
Mr Ibiam Orji, Head of Engineering Department, 4-High Habitat ltd., notes: ``Smart Eco Rice Farming technology is being used in Thailand to increase soil fertility ratio.
``The rice farming is thriving today in Thailand because of this technology.’’
He praised Anambra government for
its agricultural policies in the state. (MOI)