Anambra Records $5m Vegetable Exports To Europe


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In a bid to underscore the importance
of diversifying the economy and
attracting more industries to Anambra
state, Chief Willy Obiano has
confirmed that the concise Economic
Blueprint, made up of The Four Pillars
of Development; including Agriculture,
Industrialization, Trade and
Commerce and Oil and Gas he
developed on assumption of office has
started yielding dividends.
The governor who spoke in Abuja in
an interactive session he had with the
People of Anambra living in the North
central part of the country at the
Transcorp Hilton stated that the state
is now a socially stable, business-
friendly environment attracting both
indigenes and foreigners to seek
wealth-creating opportunities.
To this end, he told the audience
which included 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 that Anambra State Investment
Agency, ANSIPPA, charged with the
mandate of attracting and fast-
tracking investments in the state has
so far attracted over $4.2 billion deals
to the state.
The latest investment he confirmed
was sealed on Tuesday last week with
Zolt Energy Limited to build a 40
megawatts Embedded Power
Generating Plant in Ogbaru. When
completed in the next 18 months as
scheduled, all the power generated
from it will be distributed mainly in
Anambra State.
On the state of agriculture, Obiano
who was giving a score card of his two
and half years stay in office disclosed
that “in January this year, Anambra
made headlines when it became the
first state in Nigeria to export
vegetables (Ugu and Onugbu) valued
at $5million to Europe.
At the same time, our 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 Cameroon.
Our agricultural sector has also
attracted investments from 7
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” Obiano
told the capacity crowd at the
Congress Hall that the Oil and Gas
Advisory Committee headed by
Dr.Emmanuel Egboga, the former
Special Adviser to the President on
Petroleum Matters has been charged
with drafting a comprehensive
Blueprint for the Oil & Gas sector and
advising the State on the necessary
steps that would ensure the
recognition of Anambra as the 10th
Oil Producing State in Nigeria .

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