Okowa inspects N25 billion oil palm plantation

Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has called for increased investment in agricultural development to curb Nigeria’s growing food shortage.

He said oil palm production was an area in which wealthy Deltans and Nigerians could invest to create employment and economic development for the people.

Okowa, the vice presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, made the call on Friday, after inspecting the oil palm plantation and refinery under construction in Akwukwu-Igbo, Oshimili North Local Government Area of ​​the state.

He said: “Four years ago Norsworthy Farms management spoke to me about when they were to start and I thought it was a worthy undertaking to have the state government supporting and working with them to develop this oil palm plantation, now with a mill being installed already. .

“Where we are now is quite interesting because we’ve had a chance to go around the thousand four hundred acres of land, all planted with oil palm seedlings that have grown so much; some are already producing.

“As a state government, we believe in this dignified partnership because in addition to helping to grow the economy of this area and also help the immediate communities around here, we are very aware that it will generate a lot of employment for our people.

“I have been told that an average of 300 people a day work in this place and I believe that when the mill comes into operation we will have more people.”

Okowa added that the partnership would create more opportunities for outgrowers, especially in the oil palm development value chain, and urged Deltans to take advantage of the opportunities the partnership presents.

He commended the management and staff of Norsworthy Farms, the Obi of Akuku-Igbo and the people of Illah for their support and cooperation in the successful launch of the project.

In his comment, the CEO of Northsworthy Farms and Allied Industries Limited, Dr Gabriel Ogbechie, thanked the Governor for his support and vision for the project.

He said the project, which is a joint venture between Northsworthy Farms and Allied Industries Limited and the Delta State Government, has successfully planted more than 250,000 oil palms on more than 1,400 acres of land.

Ogbechie said the project will indeed contribute to the country’s agricultural development and food supply needs.

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