Financial assistance to the tune of N1 million awaits anyone who would invest in ranches and animal husbandry in any part of Abia State, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has declared.
The Governor, speaking in Umuahia, described the gesture as part of government’s efforts to revive animal husbandry in the state and increase residents’ meat options for protein.
“I wish to state that this government will pay N1 million grant as incentive to anyone that would heed my call to set up a ranch or engage in commercial animal husbandry in Abia,” he said.
Governor Ikpeazu also stated that the establishment of more ranches in the state would minimize clashes between herdsmen and farmers because the anti-grazing bill awaiting passage in the state house of assembly cannot solely solve the problem.
He however expressed anxiety that the implementation of the law, might face some obstacles, just like similar laws in the country.
The governor further enjoined all Nigerians to buy locally produced rice and ignore imported ones. He asserted that when citizens eat home grown food, the journey towards food security would be smoother and quicker.
On his part, Commissioner for Information in the State, Okiyi Kalu, said the administration is passionate about reviving oil palm production and that the state government is working out incentives for farmers to increase oil palm plantations.
He observed that palm oil, being a source of foreign exchange for the country has never drawn cases of conflict or environmental degradation like crude oil.
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