EXPECT MADE-IN-OGOJA RICE BY DECEMBER – AYADE

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Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State, has disclosed that the ultra-modern rice mill currently under construction in Ogoja Local Government Area of the state, will roll out its first wholly bagged rice by the end of December 2017.

Governor Ayade made this known yesterday shortly on arrival from his overseas trip at the Margaret Ekpo Int’l Airport, Calabar

He said, “Part of my trip itinerary was to inspect the manufacturing process of the rice mill which is the most sophisticated and digitalised facility you can ever find. It is the latest technology in rice processing in the world today

“Payment has already been made and we are awaiting delivery by end of October while installation will commence as soon as the equipment arrives. Hopefully, Cross River State will have its own home grown, milled and ready for consumption rice by December.”

The governor who commended the effort of President Muhammadu Buhari for his unwavering agricultural policy added, “I agree with Mr. President, Muhammadu Buhari that we must think agriculture which is now yielding positive fruits across the country’’

“Our major focus is on agriculture, solid minerals and to a lesser extent oil and gas. In Cross River State we had seen this coming which was why we set up food bank, cotton cultivation with the focus to support our garment factory as a strategy for backward integration. We must find any means to earn money other than oil and gas.”

Governor Ayade also explained that “Our major focus is on agriculture, solid minerals and to a lesser extent oil and gas,” adding that “In Cross River State, we saw this coming which was why we set up food bank, cotton cultivation with focus to support our garment factory as a strategy for backward integration. We must find means to earn money other than oil and gas.”

Governor Ayade also explained that “Our major focus is on agriculture, solid minerals and to a lesser extent oil and gas,” adding that “In Cross River State, we saw this coming which was why we set up food bank, cotton cultivation with focus to support our garment factory as a strategy for backward integration. We must find means to earn money other than oil and gas.”

Ayade also called on indigenes to own farm land and invest in agriculture in the state to boast food production “We are also expanding into various aspects including the cultivation of corn because we are setting up a poultry farm which will require yellow maize as feeds. “I use this opportunity to call on Cross Riverians to as a matter of urgency, start arranging for their own farms. You must own a farm because if everyone owns a hectare or two, the impact on food supply will be humongous.” He said

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