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Mechanized Agriculture: Obiano To Inaugurate Massive Farm Project
As part of activities to commemorate his one year in office, Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State will on Wednesday, March 11, inaugurate a site for the formal take off of the $100 million Ekcel Farm project in the state.
The project, sited in Omasi, Ayamelum local government area of the state, is a private sector initiative by Ekcel Farms Limited for the development of full scale mechanised agriculture.
The state government had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in September 2014 with the farm.
Ekcel Farms Limited, a subsidiary of Oilserv Limited would partner recognised global key players in the agric-business industry, and would focus on meeting the millennium investment goals and objectives of the state government through developing a scheme that would facilitate massive agricultural development in the state.
According to statement released on Monday, March 9, the project which would gulp about $100 million is expected to involve the large scale commercial production and processing of cassava and tomato into bi-products for local and export markets.
“The project, which is consistent with the Anambra State vision to become a first choice investment destination and a hub for industrialisation and commercial activities, will expectedly contribute largely to the state’s agricultural productivity, industrialisation and development just as it will boost activities in the key areas of produce processing, manufacturing and exports,” the statement read.
Gov. Obiano launches N16bn tomato, cassava plantation in Anambra
Anaku – Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra on Thursday launched N16 billion worth plantation exclusively for cultivation and processing of tomato and cassava in the state. Speaking at the event in Anaku, Ayamelum Local Government, Obiano announced that the project was part of his administration’s agrarian revolution. He said that the state had opened its doors to agro-investors, who had since discovered what the state had to offer on investment.
“Today, we are on a different turf; Ekcel Farms is investing in cassava and tomato. “It will produce over 150,000 tons of tomato puree. “This investment is a blessing to the Omasi people in particular and to the state in general. “It will attract 13,500 direct jobs and over 100,000 indirect jobs,’’ he said.
The governor explained that the company would allocate five per cent of its annual profit to the host community, 10 per cent to the state government and another five per cent to the provision of amenities.
Earlier, Chairman of Ekcel Farms Ltd., Mr Emeka Okwuosa, said that the company became interested in the state when it realised that the governor’s economic blueprint was not a political gimmick. “It became obvious from the way he went about tackling the challenge of insecurity in the state. “If Anambra were not secure, Ekcel Farms would not be here today,” Okwuosa said.
He said that when fully operational, the farm would be producing 21,000 tons of cassava per annum, while it would produce 150,000 tons of raw tomato and 51,000 tons of tomato paste. In his opening remarks, the Chairman of Anambra State Investment Promotion and Protection Agency (ANSIPPA), Mr Cyril Enweze, expressed optimism that the Ekcel Farms would attract more investors to the state. (NAN)
Anambra Governor To Inaugurate $100m Ekcel Farms Project
The Anambra state governor, Willie Obiano, will inaugurate a monumental site for the formal launch of the $100 million Ekcel Farm project in the state.
The farm project is a private sector initiative by Ekcel Farms Limited for the development of full-scale mechanised agriculture.
This partnership is further expected to take advantage of the economic transformation programmes of the state government in order to fully realise her investment potentials.
Estimated to cost about $100 million, the project is to involve the large-scale commercial production and processing of cassava and tomato into bi-products for local and export markets. A statement by Ekcel Farms reads:
Ekcel Farms operations aims to maximise the utilisation of local agricultural raw produce, and by so doing create more jobs for citizens of immediate communities and put more money in their pockets.
Ekcel will expose the local farmers to the benefits of agricultural research in areas of crops utilisation, land use maximization and opportunities optimisation.
The statement adds:“The product choice has been determined by the domestic and international demands for these processed agro-allied products and will be focused on target markets where there are currently supply gaps due to inability to meet high demands”.
Gov. Obiano Is Committed To Making The State Economically Sound And Food Sufficient
The Managing Director of Anambra State Investment Promotion and Protection Agency, ANSIPPA, Mr. Joe Billy Ekwunife, says Governor Willie Obiano is committed to making the state economically sound and food sufficient.
He stated this at Omasi, Ayamelum Local Government Area, during a familiarization tour by the management of a Ekcel farms Limited. Ekcel Farms Limited recently signed an agreement with the state government for the cultivation of cassava and tomatoes at Omasi. Addressing the people of the community, the ANSIPPA boss, Mr. Ekwunife commended Governor Willie Obiano for creating a conducive business climate in the state which he said, has attracted a lot of investors to Anambra State. He noted that the company will invest two hundred million US-dollars in the community which will create jobs for the youths, bring massive development of the area as well enhance the economic growth of the state.
Mr. Ekwunife further stated that about seventy-five per centage of the workers to be engaged by the company will be of Anambra Origin with about fifty per cent of them taken from the community, just as five per cent of the total proceeds made by the company yearly will be ploughed back to the community as part of the company’s Cooperate Social Responsibilities, CSR.
According to the Chief Operating Officer of the company, Mr. Chris Okonkwo, apart from the production of cassava and tomatoes, the company will also train some of the farmers on modern ways of cassava and tomatoes cultivation in order to have a bumper harvest, give them improved seedlings and will later buy the farm produce from them, revealing that they will also build a tomato refinery in the community.
Describing Governor Obiano as a visionary and dynamic leader, the Special Adviser to the Governor on agriculture, Tourism, Training and Methodology, Mr. Amechi Okwuosa, expressed the view that agriculture is very pivotal to the economic growth of any nation and charged Omasi people to cooperate with the company for a harmonious working relationship.
Also speaking, a member of the Anambra state Land Acquisition Committee and traditional ruler of Nteje, Igwe Roland Odegbo, appealed to the youths of the community to safeguard the multi million dollars project.
The team had earlier paid a courtesy visit to the traditional ruler of Omasi, Igwe Benjamin Okeji where they intimated him with their work modalities and the traditional ruler assured them of maximum cooperation of his people.
Obiano Flags Off Multi Million Dollar Omasi Tomato Farm
The Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has performed the ground breaking ceremony for the multi-million dollar Ekcel Farms Mechanised Agricultural Project sited at Omasi, Ayamelum Local Government Area.
The project will focus on cultivation of Cassava and Tomato, with five per cent shares designated to Omasi community, ten per cent to Anambra State and another five per cent to the development of the community.
The company would bridge the gap between Cassava production and consumption in the State while the Tomato refinery plant, to be established, would be the largest in Africa and first in Nigeria. While addressing the people, the Governor said that the project would generate over 13,000 direct jobs and over 100 indirect jobs.
he project has an initial investment of 100 million dollars or 16.500 billion Naira. Under the project, Cassava would be processed into ethanol and starch. Governor Obiano said 90,000 tones of Cassava would be produced annually.
The Chief Executive Officer of Ekcel Farms, Emeka Okwuosa, and the Chairman of Anambra State Investment Promotion Protection Agency, Cyril Enweze, said the Governor’s genuine commitment to transforming the State through his administrative blueprint was the attraction for investors especially in the area of security.
The Governor flagged-off the project with the assurance that activities would commence immediately in the next 12 or 18 months. Governor Obiano said “when agricultural activities begin, 150 tones of Tomatoes would be produced annually”.
Obiano To Flag Off $100M Ekcel Farm
As part of activities commemorating his one year anniversary in office, Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State will on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 commission a monumental site signalling the formal take off of the USD $100 million Ekcel Farm project in Anambra State.
The farm project which is sited in Omasi, Ayamelum Local Government Area of Anambra State is a private sector initiative by Ekcel Farms Limited for the development of full scale mechanised agriculture in Anambra State.
Ekcel Farms Limited, a subsidiary of Oilserv Limited, is set to partner with recognised global key players in the agribusiness industry, and will focus on meeting the millennium investment goals and objectives of the state government through developing a scheme that will facilitate massive agricultural development in the state.