Cross River launches 50,000 hectare rice plantation

Onwubuke Melvin
Onwubuke Melvin

Cross River state has launched has officially launched a 50,000-hectares rice plantation in the state, starting with Ogoja.

This was disclosed by the Governor, Bassey Edet Otu via his official X handle on Saturday.

According to the Governor, it’s a giant step forward in the effort of the state to bolster agriculture in Cross River State.

Otu said he is committed to working closely with farmers across the state to maximise productivity and enhance the life of “Crossivarians.”

He said “Excited to share that we’ve officially launched a groundbreaking 50,000-hectare rice plantation project in the state, starting with Ogoja! It’s a big step forward in our efforts to revitalize agriculture in Cross River State.

“Had an inspiring gathering with community leaders, farmers, and stakeholders. I’m committed to working closely with each farmer to ensure their needs are met and productivity is maximized through collaboration with the private sector.

“We’re focusing on crops like rice, maize, and cassava for local consumption and export. Plus, no land acquisition intentions – our support for farmers is solid.
I also communicated our plans for land preparation and a credit facility scheme with commercial banks.

“We’re investing One Hundred and Fifty Million Naira to support qualified farmers. No one should stay at home and expect to eat, let’s all work for our prosperity. God’s blessed us; let’s use our hands for good.”

Recall in November, the Cross River State Government approved the sum of N400 million as a grant for the agricultural sector.

The approval was given during the 17th State Executive Council meeting held on Wednesday, November 8, 2023, at the temporary Government House, Calabar, and presided over by Governor Otu.

He also approved an Executive Bill for the Re-establishment of Cross River State College of Agriculture and Forestry, Obubra.

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