Anambra begins $5.2b annual agro-export business to Europe

 By Obinna Achi, Awka


Anambra State Government has secured the parnership of a Lagos based carrier and cargo company, ABX World, alongside Arik Air and Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCOL) on agro export business.


Already, the initiative has commenced with export to some European countries in an ambitious efforts valued at over $5.2 billion annually registers.


Speaking on the development, the state’s Commissioner for Africa, Afam Mbanefo, said that government’s penchant for agricultural development was to eliminating poverty, job creation and improving the internally generated revenue (IGR).


Mbanefo said Governor Willie Obiano led administration wants to be economically independent and buoyant and reduce excess dependence on the Federal Government.


“As a people oriented administration, Governor Willie Obiano has always sought for ways to create security, create good road network, create night life; these are things that will get people involve, bring in investors and tourism.


“Now, the agro-allied export is another testament to the Government unrelenting efforts to ensure Anambra State farmers do not lack market to sell their products.


“It is very imperative to note that before commencing the exports, the farmers through their cooperative societies received training and certification.


“In other words, we are confident that these products like pumpkin leaf (Ugu), and others will meet the market standard. As a government we are happy about this new development which and thankful to other facilitators like ABX World,” the Commissioner said.


Confirming this to newsmen in Lagos, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Captain John Okakpu, said that the gesture was capable of generating jobs, eliminating poverty and restoring investors’ confidence in the State.


He added that Anambra State has become a trailblazer in the regard, as, “different State Governments in realisation of the dwindling oil revenue are now interested in the agro-allied exports, but Anambra State is leading the way through her serious commitment to agriculture in the State”.

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