The Akwa Ibom Executive Council has approved N573 million for the production and processing of cassava to boost food production in the state.
The State’s Information and Strategy Commissioner, Mr Charles Udoh, explained that out of the amount, N285 million would be disbursed to the farmers’ cooperatives involved in cassava cultivation while those involved in processing would get N288 million.
He said that the state’s Prime Hatchery had been upgraded to improve daily production of the hatchery at Mbiaya in Uruan Local Government Area to 10,000 day old chicks per day.
The commissioner expressed the hope that with the improvement of the capacity of the hatchery, poultry farmers would have access to day old chicks from the state at cheaper rates.
“As we speak today, the hatchery can produce 10,000 day old chicks and that reaffirms the commitment of the state government towards boosting agriculture and food sufficiency,” Udoh reiterated.
He said that the state governmentl had also approved the construction of the 8.5km Ndue Otong- Ibiaku- Ekritam road at the site of the first private radio station in the state, the Planet FM.