Aqua Ibom, State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Charles Udoh, said that the state would lead to a revolution in Nigeria’s agriculture.
He said that the aggressive reforms of the agricultural sector carried out in the last three and a half years in the administration of Governor Udom Emmanuel were caused by a passion for the agricultural revolution that radically hacked the financial system of the state and revolutionized the economy of Nigeria.
Udoh recently talked with selected editors about the giant successes achieved by the state government in the fields of agriculture.
He said: “We do everything in synergy. Even in our construction, our road networks are no more than one direction. We have road networks connecting the industrial and agricultural center. This is done in order to ensure the cost of transporting agricultural products and the cost of doing business for the industries that we build are minimized to the maximum. ”
He also said that oil-depleting resources gradually, led by Emanuel’s administration, take proactive measures and best practices to ensure limited dependence on the origin of oil through massive agricultural development and massive state agricultural schemes that include mechanized agriculture, empowering farmers to improve production and accelerated livestock farming schemes to improve the quality of life of every citizen.
In some areas of agriculture, which the Commissioner emphasized that Aqua Ibom is worth, in a campaign to study agriculture and food security for the economic growth and social transformation of its people, include a project to process coconut and plantation, a new cattle ranch, built in partnership with Mexican company Akwa Prime Poultry and Hatchery, a chain collection project from the whole collection and megagarri processing factories, a cocoa reanimation program, a green plant project and a plant Tomato processing.
Explaining further, Udoh said that each of these projects was carefully chosen to achieve maximum and multiple impact on the economic life of the state and its people, to make Akwa Ibom a Nigerian food basket.
“If you look at the coconut oil sector,” continued the Commissioner, “this is the richest and most beneficial tree of nature for man. It is one of the longest surviving plants with more than 365 customs and a value chain that triples other economic manufacturing enterprises.
It is assumed that more than 500 young people will be involved only at the coconut oil refinery, who will also undergo training on various aspects of the project. ”
Regarding investment in poultry, Udokh said: “We realized that one of the main issues that this condition was was that day chicks (DOCs). Interestingly, every week we used thousands of DOCs, and this is a big capital outflow. The way to strengthen the state's economy is to create a value chain for poultry, because we consume a lot.
“So we’ve done to develop a huge hatchery that is working now. The goal of this large hatchery is to produce chicks per week that can be delivered to all of Eastern Nigeria and to the northeast.
"The government has also built a farming complex for breeders."
Saying that the state Aqua Ibom is making revolutionary progress in agriculture on a cattle ranch, Udoh showed that an agreement has been made with an investor from Mexico to deliver 2,000 herds of cattle to the ranch.
“Allied projects that come from the ranch include meat processing, processing, yoghurt and milk processing plants. This fully integrated cattle farm will produce milk, cheese, meat, skins and leather for various economic purposes. "
He said that landscaping for a ranch is currently in Adadia, in the local government area of Uruana. “It’s all about the government’s promise to provide jobs to alleviate poverty and create wealth.”
Udoh said that the Udoma administration also drew attention to the resuscitation and mass production of agricultural products, including cassava, cocoa, tomatoes, oil palm, rice, corn, plantain, cucumber and other crops that have not yet been grown in the state.
Summing up the strategies used in the state's agricultural revolution, the Commissioner said: “Basically, the state is deploying joint agriculture, adding value, crowding out schemes, public-private partnerships and commercialization. So far, the results have been very encouraging. I feel that every state must begin to creatively look for agriculture.
“This is the fastest way for any state to move forward and grow with other things. Agriculture is the basis of any economy and the foundation for many other industries. It is very important that we invest equally in the full value chain. ”