ONITSHA – The Anambra Land Acquisition Committee said on Tuesday that it had acquired more than 200,000 hectares of land for the state government’s agricultural transformation scheme.
The Interim Chairman of the committee, Igwe Chukwuemeka Ilouno, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Onitsha.
Ilouno said that the governor, Willie Obiano, was committed to investing massively in agriculture and had gone ahead to procure some of the needed inputs in furtherance of the scheme.
“We have just too many lands and more; what is holding us back now is surveyors.
“We need a lot of surveyors to come and survey the lands that had been given so that we can sign MoU (Memoranda of Understanding) with various communities that have donated land.
“Because previously these lands were never surveyed. So this is exactly the situation we are in.
“And by the time we finish surveying, the governor can have hundreds of thousands of hectares of land available for cultivation.
“As we are speaking now, we already have more than 200,000 hectares.
“The governor has just waved his hands and said any land that is donated would be cultivated.
“He has already been able to secure 150 tractors, 15 million bundles of cassava cuttings and a lot of rice seedlings and fish fingerlings.
“So he is ready to invest in agriculture. That is what he had shown.
“It is not only him investing, he is inviting international investors, local investors to come and he will give them land to bring in whatever they have to cultivate.“
The chairman, who is also Chairman of Anambra Central Traditional Rulers Council, appealed to all communities in the state to key into the scheme in order to wipe out hunger, unemployment, and crime in the state.
NAN recalls that the state government had begun online application and registration for the agricultural scheme.
The online application and registration is being done through the “Anambra Youth Connect“ platform as well as at the vocational centre at Anambra State College of Agriculture, Mgbakwu. (NAN)