In line with its Emergency Agricultural Programme, the federal government under the leadership of president Muhammadu Buhari has begun engagements with major farmers in Akwa Ibom State.
The initiative is aimed at attaining food sufficiency and to institute a Blue Economy through diversification of the economic potentials of the Niger Delta region.
The development was reached on Monday, September 14 when the team led by the presidency and officials of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) visited two major factories in Abak and Ikono local government areas.
Assessing operations and production capacities of Franklyn Ever-Bright Hatchery Company, Ikot Okoro in Abak and the SACAM Agro Processing Mills Limited in Ikono, the team expressed satisfaction in the entrepreneurial spirit of the private investors.
Led by the Special Adviser to the Central Bank Governor on Agriculture, Mr Anthony Ifechukwu, together with the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Ita Enang, the team called on investors of the Hatchery to invest in proper equipment for a robust operation.
Anthony Ifechukwu advised the SACAM Mills to work hard towards the speedy completion of the ongoing construction of automated 240 metric tonnes of the rice mill.
He said by the time that was achieved, the factory would be very busy with a daily production of 340 tonnes of rice for local consumption and distribution to other parts of the country.
Mr Ifechukwu disclosed that his office was going to engage the office of the state Commissioner for Agriculture headed by Dr Glory Edet for a robust rice cultivation in the coming dry season.
Meanwhile, the presidential aide, Senator Ita Enang pointed out that poultry and rice production were among the ways of meeting President Buhari’s dream of having a blue economy through local food production in areas of oil palm, rice, maize, cocoa, cotton, cassava, snails, poultry, among others.
In his response, the Managing Director of SACAM Mills, Mr Simon Okode said his firm, a privately owned company has been in operation for over six years with 100 daily metric tonnes of rice production as well as 60 tonnes of poultry feed production.
Also speaking, Theophilus Ajakaye, a Firm Consultant with Loosden Agro-Ventures in charge of Franklyn Ever-Bright Hatchery said his firm was in Akwa Ibom to tackle the stress of travelling to Ibadan for a day-old chick and to provide quality poultry feed at affordable rates.
He said the company, dealing on poultry product, day-old chicken production and broilers production, was establishing for brood stuck farms in different sites within the Hatcher’s environment.
He maintained that the Hatchery has the capacity to produce not below 20 thousand-day-old birds on every hatchable day with a routine of four times weekly.
Franklyn Ever-Bright Hatchery Company, Ikot Okoro in Abak LGA, which has some of its sections under construction, is said to have arrived two years back, while the SACAM Agro Processing Mills Limited, a privately owned company, Km15 Ikot Ekpene Road, Nung Udoe Itak in Ikono LGA is over six years old.
Credit: Joseph Atainyang