In a bid to increaseagricultural activities in the state which will boost food production in thestate the Akwa Ibom State government has commence the drive to woo large scaleagricultural investors to the state.
.Mr Amos Udom, Senior Adviser to the Governor on Project Monitoring, made the revelation when he paid a visit to Mr Arnold Smith, the Chief Operating Officer of Pandagric Novum Ltd, in Karu Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.
Pandagric has keyed into the FederalGovernment’s vision of large-scale maize production to reduce forex pressureand food self-sufficiency.
According to him, since agriculture is a viableventure, the state is open for partnership with the farm in line with thegovernment’s vision to boost food production in the state.
He stressed the need for them to take advantageof arable agricultural land, security and steady electricity supply provided bythe state government.
The chief executive encouraged the corporatefarmers to provide such inputs as an improved variety of seeds/seedlings,provide farming implements, training, and re-training of local farmers, perfectexisting off-takers’ arrangements, and provide agronomists for demonstrationfarms.
Udom tasked the local farmers to avail themselves of the opportunities to be offered training in best management practise in order to form themselves into cooperative societies and to refrain from subsistence farming to a large scale by embracing the modern agricultural techniques.
Mr Arnold Smith, Chief Operating Officer, saidthey decided to venture into agriculture in a bid to uplift the continent ofAfrica from poverty and hunger.