Anambra exports $5m worth of vegetable to Europe
“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.