Akwa-Ibom to improve food production through ranch development
Governor Udom Emmanuel has restated his administration’s commitment to diversification and food sufficiency for the people of Akwa-Ibom State.He spoke when he paid an unscheduled visit to the Cattle Ranch at Adadia in Uruan Local Government Area to evaluate the level of Development.
According to a statement, the Governor said the cattle ranch is one of the many agricultural sector based interventions his administration has embarked upon to boost commerce and ensure not only food sufficiency for the state, but availability of raw materials for the industries that are springing up in the state.
The ranch is an IPP arrangement between Akwa Ibom State Government and San-Jo Agric Group, Mexico . The governor disclosed that, so far, over 89 youths have been employed in the Ranch to help in the cultivation of grass which the cattle at the ranch will graze .
“The special grasses have been planted on well over 100 hectares of land, with four hundred hectares more to be cultivated”, he added.Governor Emmanuel revealed that the upon completion, the Ranch will have an abattoir for meat processing , milk factory that will produce fresh milk and cheese and leather works factory to transform the skin of the cows into by-products like shoes ,boxes ,bags among others.
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