Nigeria: Anambra Signs MOU On Rice Production with VAADC


Nigeria: Anambra Signs MOU On Rice Production

Vanguard (Lagos)

Awka — In a bid to boost rice production, the government of Anambra is to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Vietnam Africa Agricultural Development Company (VAADC) to begin mechanised production of rice.

Chief Godson Ezenagu, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, made the pronouncement, yesterday in Awka, when the management team of the company paid him a courtesy visit.

He said that the agreement, which is under Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) would lead to the cultivation of 10,000 hectares of farmland in the state.

He expressed government's readiness to partner with the company for the transfer of technology, boost rice production and save foreign exchange lost by Nigeria on rice importation.

"Rice production is one of the major sub-programmes of Governor Peter Obi's initiative, which we intend to take very seriously in the state," he said.

Ezenagu said that the cultivation of 10,000 hectares of ricefarm in the state could feed the entire South- East states and have enough for export to other African countries.

Earlier, the Managing Director of the company, Mr Kurtis Nwadikwa, said they were in the state to confer with the government on how to make Anambra the pioneer commercial rice producer in Nigeria.
Original source: Vanguard


  1. Dr ejimillo nwadike
    19 Mar 2010

    The comment from chief ezenagu sounds impresing, if he can take his comment as a charlenge to himself and to his own people and anambra state as a whole as they have in(mgbakwu)an agricultural background and understanding and what food means, i wish him all the best cause i know he can do that if he really want to and make a solid mark on that state that is urgently craying for help from all sort of ministries of government.

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