The Chairman, All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Rivers branch, Mr Brown Roland told journalists in Port Harcourt, that Rivers agro-allied Cooperative Union has acquired 1000 hectares for maize production in the state.
Roland said the farmland located in Emuoha Local Government Area of the state was secured to support members of the union achieve maximum output in maize production.
He added that the land would be leased out to the union for a minimum of ten years, noting that it could be renewed based on agreements.
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While speaking with optimism on the feat, the chairman said arrangements have been put in place between an undisclosed company and the union that will buy the corn from members of the cooperative and Rivers Government to use its mill, located at ‘school to land’ in Rumuodimaya, Obio/Akpor Government Council.
Roland stated that although the mill had been abandoned for 40 years, but the company would buy the corn from the farmers, and use it for the production of fish and poultry feeds.
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He further stated that the cooperative would sink borehole to supply water to the farm, but that the company would determine the brand of maize to be planted by the farmers, adding that over 350-member cooperative would commence cultivation before the end of the year.