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Anambra Targets 613,000 tons of Rice Annually.

By James Eze

The Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano has set his sights on ensuring that the state produces 613,000 metric tons of rice annually from its flourishing agricultural investments.

The governor revealed this on Friday during a tour of JOSAN Giant Rice Mill  in Umumbo in Ayamelum Council of Anambra State. 

Addressing the gathering at the Mill, Governor Obiano recalled that when he assumed office in 2014, total rice production in the state stood at 80,000 metric tons per annum but as at today Anambra produces 302,000 metric tons per annum. 

"We want to move to 613, 000 metric tons in the next three planting seasons. And to be able to achieve that, we must renovate the irrigation system in Omor also in Ayamelum Council Area, in partnership with the federal government,"
Governor Obiano explained. 

He further revealed that JOSAN Rice Mill in Umumbo had a capacity to produce 50,000 metric tons of rice but that his administration had plans to beef up the production output of the mill to 100,000 metric tons. 

The Umumbo Rice Mill which built during the reign of former President Shehu Shagari had been abandoned for decades until the Obiano administration handed it over to JOSAN Integrated Farms and Mills Ltd in 2017.

According to him, the plan to revamp the moribund irrigation system would guarantee year-round rice production in the Ayamelum agricultural belt and boost the overall output in rice production in the state. 

Governor Obiano expressed confidence that when fully reactivated the Omor irrigation system would add vigour to the ongoing agricultural revolution in the state. 

In their separate addresses,  the traditional ruler of Umumbo, Igwe Simeon Chidubem and his Omor Counterpart, Igwe Chidume Oranu commended the governor for his interest in repositioning the agricultural sector of the state to become a major income earner for the citizens, noting that Ndi Ayamelum are the highest beneficiaries of the revolution as they are mainly farmers. 

Speaking in the same vein, the President General of Umumbo community, Mr Anthony Nnaama revealed that the State Government was working out a plan with the community to provide water for the people through a nearby Ezu-Igbiti stream and thanked the governor for the 300 hectare seed multiplication centre being sited in his community. 

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