Anambra records $5m vegetable exports to Europe
*Attracts $4.2bn investments
*40MW Ogbaru power plant to service Anambra
In a bid to underscore the importance of diversifying the economy and attracting more industries to Anambra State, Chief Willie 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, as well as Peoples Democratic Party and All Progressives Congress members of the National Assembly, former Governor Chinwoke Mbadinuju and several others, charged with the mandate of attracting and fast-tracking investments in the state has so far attracted over $4.2bn 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 $5m 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 Cameroun. 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.”