The Chairman of Wuhan Longfecund Agricultural Development Company Ltd, Yongsheng Cao has announced the plan of the firm to establish
a feed mill and maize farm in Cross River State.
Cao made this disclosure while on an official visit to Governor Ben Ayade at the Government House in Calabar.
“I am happy to be in Calabar and indeed, Nigeria, to set up a feedmill and a maize farm. Cross River State and China share same topography and land fit for such production,” he said
“My preference will be on sweet corn as it is going to work well here,” the chairman said while commending the relationship between Cross River and China, adding that there would be an investment of $8million for the project.
“Cross River State is expanding the horizon in agriculture and taking a leap into agricultural phase to ensure a leading direction,” gov Ayade said in his remark as he urged the company to immediately start the project.
“We don’t come in as traditional farmers but industrial standard and as the benchmark.”
“We must focus on maize because other than producing feeds, one of the particular species we are going to grow here which is sweet corn, is to provide Gluck syrup.”
“What you will see here is a true reproduction of the true history of the natural wealth that Nigeria has in agriculture as we are going to have maize for export, sweet corn for salads, Gluck syrup for our industries and the feed mills to produce feeds for our poultry and other related products,” the governor said.
According to the governor, “the partnership between Cross River State government and the maize centre in China will provide the state with a first class knowledge, first class technology, first class farming and first class mill as all sweet corns used in our salads were imported.”
The governor said the state has over 21,000 square kilometers of land and that part of Akamkpa, Uyanga, Obubra and Yala were suitable areas for maize farming based on soil studies earlier conducted