As part of efforts geared towards preparation for the 2018 planting season, Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano says the state is ready to invest N4.1 billion to boost its agricultural sector.
The Governor revealed this at the launching of the 2018 farming season and handing out of farm inputs, cheques, motorcycles and some farm implements to farmers at Atani in Ogbaru Local Government Area of the state.
“We have finalized plans to invest N1.5 billion in land development, N2 billion in providing infrastructure and N600 million in procuring agricultural inputs and machinery this planting season.’’He said.
Obiano said that this move would create an avenue for government to cultivate over 25,000 hectares of land, which is the target for the farming season.
“Consequently, we plan to grow our cooperatives from 2,401 to 2,836 in 2018.The same projection applies to our rice production which we hope to increase from 345,000 to 440,000 metric tons this planting season”. He said
“We plan to increase cassava production from 1,881,000 to 2,060,687 metric tons and maize from 43,521 to 55,000 metric tons . We have also set targets for vegetables at 160,000 metric tons, yam at 70,000 metric tons and finally, fish at 55,000 metric tons.’’ He added.
The governor further enthused that plans were on ground to access the N3.5 billion Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) facility for Commercial Agriculture Credit Scheme (CACs) and Accelerated Agricultural Development Scheme (AADS).
Source : Agro Nigeria