Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Sen. Godswill Akpabio, has stated the Ministry is set to partner with Agricultural Experts from Cambodia to improve food production in the region the agricultural hub of Nigeria.

He said this would be done through the cultivation and processing of a special brand of rice species that is embedded with nutrients, that can address diabetic’s issues among Nigerians.

The Minister made this statement when he met with Agricultural Experts from Cambodia who paid him a courtesy visit in his office on Thursday in Abuja.

According to Akpabio, the introduction of the Integrated Agricultural Products and Services Project to the region would not only address the issue of hunger through improved food production, but it will go a long way to changing the socio-economic status of the people of the region and Nigeria as a whole.

He maintained that he was convinced that there is much to benefit from the agricultural project for the people of the region, stressing the need for the Ministry to revisit the Agricultural Partnership with the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, to make funds available to kick-start the production of rice variety in the region.

The Minister, therefore, mandated the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Dr. Babayo Ardo to immediately set-up a team to go into technical Session with the experts from Cambodia and come up with a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), so that the ‘Pilot Scheme’ can commence.

In his remarks, Minister of State, MNDA, Sen. Omotayo Alasoadura assured Niger Deltans that the Ministry intends to reel the people from temporal projects to sustainable projects and programmes with greater emphasis on agriculture.

Alasoadura stated that the Ministry believes that with agriculture as a project, if adequately exploited, the South-South region would be able to feed the nation and export food produce.

Earlier, Leader of Delegation, Mr. Peter Ojong Brown said the organisation is into Agricultural Products and Services, noting that the production of Special Rice specie could be cultivated and harvested within 90 days.

He also disclosed that the organization is into planting of special Breed of Grass for Ranching, Construction and Fabrication of Ranches for prescribed number of Cows within the State, adding that the company also converts Cow Dunk into Biogas for power generation.


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