By Chukwuka Ugokwe  

Awka, Dec. 2, 2020 (MOI) Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Nnamdi Onukwuba has called  on the Federal Government to grant priority to Anambra in the implementation of Livestock Productivity and Resilience Support Project (L-PRES). 

The project is a 6-year plan assisted by the World Bank with development objectives to improve livestock productivity and commercialisation of selected value chains to strengthen the country’s capacity to respond to emergencies.  

While receiving a delegation from the office of the National Coordination L-PRES led by Mrs Eucharia Ezeudegbunam, on a courtesy visit in his office, the commissioner made a strong case for other implementation partners to fully establish the project in the state. 

He said that the state Government had made Agriculture one of its development pillars, which enabled it to attract partnership and support by donor agencies in various projects. 

The L-PRES National Coordinator, Mrs Winnie Solarin, represented by Mrs Ezeudegbunam told the commissioner that the state was part of the 12 states chosen for the project. 

She added that out of the 12 states, Anambra was among the three successful ones identified for documentation, preparatory to full implementation in the nearest future. 

The team leader said they were in the state for A-3 Day value chain profiling and analysis to identify stakeholders with a view to scaling up production and even for export in accordance with global best practices. 

Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mrs Stephanie Kelly- Uzor, explained that the state would provide needed support services to enable the project to take off in the state. 

Mrs Kelly–Uzor commended the delegation for considering it proper to visit the state and assured them of the readiness of all stakeholders in the value chain activities to swing into action for the success of the project. (MOI)

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