*Embarks on massive agriculture programme in all three zones
The Anambra State government is to fund the development of 500 hectares of land in all agrarian communities across the 3 Senatorial zones in the State.
Governor Willie Obiano [above] disclosed this in a radio/television broadcast in the state.
He said the measure is to fully explore the Agricultural potentials in the state as a way of breathing life into the economy that is in recession.
The Governor explained that it is important for farmers in the state to find a favourable market for their produce.
He said his government has initiated the Outgrower Scheme and is linking them with industries.
He added that a major milestone in that regard, would be the commencement of the supply of sorghum from Delfarm Songhai Farms, Igbariam and other farms and to Intafact Breweries, Onitsha.
In a statement by his media aide, Kingsley Ezekwelu, the governor revealed that his administration has earmarked the sum of N300 million to be distributed.
This will stimulate vegetable production in the state and enhance the state’s popular Vegetables-Export Programme to Europe.
Meanwhile, N225 million has been set aside to fund three Youth Empowerment Schemes in Fish Farming, Garri and Ice processing clusters in the state.
According to the governor, his administration would soon commence massive construction of strategic roads and other infrastructural projects with high economic and social impact across the state immediately the rains stop.
Also, he plans to leverage development partnerships and Federal Government funding for intervention in education and healthcare infrastructure.
Gov Obiano noted that the economic stimulus package of his government for Ndi Anambra has been carefully thought through and found to be viable in stimulating economic activity across all sectors.
He further expressed hope that the state has what it takes to turn the despair and desperation in the country into hope and prosperity.
This he noted, can easily be achieved with the people’s strong faith in God and trust in the ability of his government to deliver on its promises to the people despite what the present situation may look like.
From Chuks Collins, Awka