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Obiano inaugurates committee to produce agric blueprint

Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra on Wednesday inaugurated a 14-member committee to produce an operational blueprint that would revolutionise agricultural production in the state.

Inaugurating the committee in Awka, the governor said the committee would identify areas in the state where commercial production of cassava, maize, soya beans, vegetables and rice would thrive.

Obiano said the committee would also determine how much food the state produces and consumes, areas of shortages and ways to bridge the gap.

He said the committee, which was given 30 days to complete its assignment, would also identify areas where the state has comparative advantage in food and cash crops production, to facilitate export and ensure food security.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the committee has Professor C.P.E. Omaliko as chairman, while Mr. Ndubusi Menakaya would serve as secretary.

Obiano had at his inauguration on March 17, assured that mechanised agriculture would be the main thrust of his administration.

He had pledged to key into Federal Government’s plans to ensure the development of the state’s food basin.

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