Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state,South-east Nigeria says the government is committed to transforming the state into an agriculture hub to boost socio-economic activities.
Ikpeazu said this when leaders of the Aba Diocese of Anglican Church paid him a visit in Governor’s Lodge, Aba.
He said that the agricultural sector of the economy was an essential component for the establishment of a flourishing economy in the state.
Ikpeazu said that plans were underway to fast track an Agro-Industrial park to boost agricultural production and increase food security in Abia.
He said that the state government was focused on creating a platform that would ensure that value would be added to various agricultural products produced in Abia.
According to him, there is no reason why we should not turn cassava into starch or turn cocoa to chocolate or refine palm fruits into palm oil.
Ikpeazu added that the initiative would be used to address the issue of unemployment by encouraging people to engage in farming and take advantage of the benefits of agriculture.