Govt to invest N20m in livestock business

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By Ebele Egoh

GOVERNMENT of Anambra State has declared the state’s willingness to key into federal government’s Livestock Agricultural Production Project.

Gov. Obiano made the declaration recently when a team from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture in partnership with World Bank paid a visit to the Government House, Awka.

The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Dr NkemOkeke, while receiving the team, said that livestock business, which is highly lucrative, would help to improve the economy of the state.

He said the state was ready to develop its livestock business, but pointed out that non-availability of animal feeds was one of the problems affecting the industry.

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The team’s spokesperson, Winnie Ifeoma Lai-Solarin said that they came to assess the livestock industry in Anambra in preparation for the 200m dollar World Bank credit to enhance productivity and resilience policy value in the industry.

“Livestock industry has over the years suffered setbacks and neglect in addition to being bedeviled by crisis raging between herders and farmers.

“Anambra stands tall among other states and has shown its willingness to key into the project; we were able to see livestock potential in Anambra and commitment by the state farmers,” she noted.

Earlier, Anambra State Commissioner for Agriculture, Afam Mbanefo, listed some of the achievements in the agricultural sector.

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Mbanefo said that the state had recently commercialised some of its agricultural produce, in addition to having its branded ‘Anambra Rice’ and ‘Anambra Fufu’.

The commissioner assured them that the state would soon pay the N20 million state counterpart fund in support of the project, which would officially commence in January next year.

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