Bende LGA, CSS Integrated Farms to partner in Agribusiness

 

Bende Local Government Area in Abia State has become a place of interest for investors in agribusiness to explore because of its land’s suitability for all kinds of agricultural practices.

Mayor of the council, Barr. Chijioke Nwankwo said that his council is open to investors in agriculture while interacting with delegates from CSS Integrated Farms who paid a courtesy visit to his office in Bende Council Headquarters on possible areas of collaboration in agribusinesses and food production.

He explained that the land is arable
especially in rice, maize, okra, cassava, yam, vegetables and fruit farming.

Other crop that could be expanded in commercial quantity in the area include, cocoa, timber and palm trees, adding that the local farmers lack the necessary tools to harness in full the arable nature of the land in food production.

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The Mayor further emphasized Bende’s rich soil composition and its abundant land resources, making it an ideal partner for strategic agricultural endeavors in the state.

He also commended Governor Alex Otti, for always identifying Bende’s strategic position in his economic growth initiatives by demonstrating his commitment to the region’s agricultural development.

Earlier, the training cordinator, CSS Integrated Farms, Dr. Chris Umunnakwe said that the visit was aimed at exploring potential partnership in the area of agribusinesses focusing on implementing advanced farming practices to improve agricultural productivity within the local government, equipping Bende youths with the necessary skills and knowledge to excel in mechanized farming and identifying suitable locations for establishing agricultural production facilities within Bende LGA.

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Recall that fortnight ago, agric experts delegation from Bulgarian government visited the council area where the mayor took them round some of the communities as they took soil samples for testing purposes and possible investment in agribusinesses.

Accompanying the CSS Integrated Farms delegates are Dr. Cliff Agbaeze SSA to the Governor on Agriculture, Mrs. Margaret Ugoanusi, SSA to the Governor on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs among others.