Anam­bra ex­ports $5m worth of veg­etable to Europe

Daily Trust - - GOLDEN HARVEST - By Ahmed Dio Agbo

“In Jan­uary this year, Anam­bra made head­lines when it be­came the first state in Nige­ria to ex­port veg­eta­bles (Ugu and Onugbu) val­ued at $5m to Europe,” th­ese were the words of the state Gover­nor, Chief Willy Obiano, dur­ing an in­ter­ac­tive ses­sion with the peo­ple of Anam­bra liv­ing in the North cen­tral part of the coun­try re­cently in Abuja.

The gover­nor also dis­closed that at the same time, the state’s lo­cally pro­duced brand of rice known as Anam­bra Rice re­cently emerged the Best Rice in Africa at an African Prod­ucts Fo­rum in La­gos.

“Anam­bra Rice was ad­judged bet­ter and more whole­some than other com­pet­ing brands from South Africa, Egypt, Ghana, Morocco, Namibia and Camer­oun,” he stressed.

The gover­nor stated that the state is now a so­cially sta­ble, busi­ness-friendly en­vi­ron­ment at­tract­ing both in­di­genes and for­eign­ers to seek wealth-cre­at­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“Our agri­cul­tural sec­tor has also at­tracted in­vest­ments from seven com­pa­nies val­ued at $1.011bn while the large industrial farms have pushed our lo­cal rice pro­duc­tion from 90,000 met­ric tons to 210,000 met­ric tons. At this rate, we shall soon sur­pass the 320,000 met­ric tons we con­sume in Anam­bra State per an­num,” he noted.

The gover­nor said the Anam­bra state In­vest­ment Agency, charged with the man­date of at­tract­ing and fast-track­ing in­vest­ments in the state has so far at­tracted over $4.2bn deals to the state.

The event was at­tended by the Obi of Onit­sha, Igwe Al­fred Achebe, Dr Oby Ezek­we­sili both PDP and APC members of the Na­tional As­sem­bly, for­mer Gover­nor Chin­weoke Mbad­in­uju and sev­eral others.

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