Awell-known business man and politician, and proprietor of Orient Feed Mills andFarms limited Mr. Godwin Ezeemo, has said that the vast acres of land which he established at his Achalla, Umuchu community is designed to give jobs to at least 3000 youths.
Ezeemo, made the disclosure while conducting a team of agricultural experts from Benin Republic lead by Mr. Masline Howssou Yemaline and some journalist and Manger of the farm Mr Kenechukwu Ifejeme round the over 2000 hectares of farmland.
He urged the tiers of Government, the Federal, States and Local Governments to invest in agriculture in order to address the problem of youth unemployment in the country.
According to Ezeemo, the verse arable land in Umuchu community will be used to cultivate corn that will be used in production of feeds for the 50,000 birds in his poultry farm.
“We have bird poultry where we can raise old layers and broilers for table meat.
“We also have our fishery. The corn will be a major constituent of the feed for the animals and we are targeting to employ 3,000 youths when the place is fully operational.
“We chose corn for this land because the land has been fallow for over 15 years and that is why we started constructing the 3km road down to this place. We are tarring the road so that vehicles can pass through this place when it rains” he said.
He noted that part of the reason for the establishing and expanding of the farm was to contribute his own quota in assisting governments to realize its agricultural agenda.
He also said that the farm would enhance the food security, human capital development, increase in internally generated revenue and poverty reduction among the citizens.
“We are in this business because agriculture remains a remedy to youth unemployment in the country, especially now that it would create jobs more than the oil sector and also attract further investment by local and international investors”, he said .
He, however, asked the state government to provide enabling environment for big time farmers lamenting that he had to use his money to build roads that lead to his vast farms.
“I really need government assistance. What I have is fund that originates from an individual but if government comes in, the fund we would have committed in constructing this road will now be used in expanding the farm and creating more jobs.
“I also want them to assist in the other road that may be a kilometer long across Orient Group office , Portal Business Park. Measurement has been taken and the rain is fast approaching and nothing is being done.
“We are incurring massive losses on that road and whatever that pomes out of the place will be for the good of the state because we also pay taxes from there”, he said.
He, however, urged the Federal government to assist in the provision of power supply to ensure the viability of the projects and business in the country.
Speaking also after being conducted round the farmland one of the agro expert, Mr. Masline HowssouYemaline , reiterated the need for governments to partner with local farmers and investors in agricultural sector to realise its agenda at ensuring food sufficiency and job creation.
He tasked the people of the state to invest in agricultural production, while urging the government to provide enabling environment to ensure the promotion of farming.