As a bold statement to reinstate his commitment in growing Delta State’s agricultural sector, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has unveiled a 3,000 hectare of oil palm plantation and processing plant in Akwukwu-Igbo, Oshimili North Local Government Area of the state.
Okowa established this at the ceremony of the ground-breaking move, where he commended the Managing Director, Norsworthy Farms and Allied Industries Limited, Mr Gabriel Ugbechie, for his renewed effort in supporting the state’s agribusiness.
The governor said his administration’s investment goal was yielding result, stating that he would do more to better the affairs of the state.
He said: “I see this exercise as a good example of private sector participation in the economy. It is really encouraging when private sector organisations partner government in the pursuit of sustainable development.
“I am convinced this is a major step forward in the development of viable business in the agricultural sector, which is part of the key element of private sector participation in the development of our state.
“This farm which comprises 3, 000 hectare oil palm plantation, a 10-ton per hour palm oil mill, a palm oil refinery and a palm kernel crushing plant, will no doubt, change the face of oil palm industry not only in the state but, the country.”
On the other hand, Mr Ugbechie noted that approximately N6 billion has been budgeted for the execution of the project.
Speaking on investment, Okowa charged traditional rulers across the state to make land available to investors, as a measure in achieving food security and creating job opportunities for the youths.
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