The Akwa Ibom state government has brought to the public her purchased of 2,000 cattle from Brazil; as part of the effort to create job to its citizen and increase the economy of the state. The Government took the decision with the mind of increasing protein intake for its people through meat production, milk, yoghurt, cheese and ice cream thereby ensuring food sustainability in Akwa Ibom State.
Akwa Ibom State before now used to be a civil service state, agriculture was only done on a subsistence basis. But since Governor Udom Gabriel came to man the administration of the State we now have a good number of companies in some Local Governments. We have the Dakkada rice in Ini local Government Area, other companies are Akees pencil, Akwa Ibom toothpick, plastic company, paint etc. The Government focus is mainly on Agriculture, a lot has been done to ensure food sufficiency. So many crops that were alien to the State are now planted all over the state example cucumber, tomatoes, watermelon etc. Livestock farming has now been added to the number.
Food Sustainability in Akwa Ibom State
The State Commissioner for information Mr. Charles Udoh told journalists that the state Government is putting everything in place to make sure food security is realized. He said, the ranch was established in collaboration with foreign investors. Akwa Ibom State Government is very committed to,making use of available natural resources in the state to provide wealth for sustainability. That is why they are partnering with many investors to see that they make agriculture a beautiful venture in the state.
The 2,000 cattle is just for the first phase, the cattle are imported from Brazil because of the breed. These are special breeds that are huge, produce high quantity of milk, plenty meat and are very strong. The ranch is located in Adadia in Uruan Local Government Area of the state. The food, the cattle will be feeding on has been planted and made ready a long time ago.
Agriculture in Akwa Ibom State
Akwa Ibom State Government is really doing well in the area of Agriculture especially in crop production. Cassava production is on the increase thereby making the price of garri and fufu very affordable. I will advice they also take a look into the area of economic trees that are short term; that can be harvested between 1-2years along side the long term plants. Very soon, we will be exporting cocoa to other countries.
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