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Delta ready to partner AfDB, stakeholders on special agro-processing zone

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Governor Sheriff Oborevwori of Delta State, says the state government is ready to partner with the African Development Bank (AfDB) and other stakeholders on the establishment of a Special Agro-Processing Zone in the state.
Oborevwori stated this on Thursday. when he received on courtesy call, from the officials of the AfDB and the federal ministry led by Chuma Ezedinma, chief agro-industrial economist, at Government House, Àsaba. Thursday.
He said that Delta was among the states in the country with the most arable lands for sustainable agriculture and food security in the country.
He said the state was blessed with arable lands for the cultivation of crops ranging from cassava, maize, yam, rice, assorted vegetables and even rubber which could be grown in commercial quantities. Besides, the state’s closeness to the coastal line, the Atlantic Ocean,  we are into aquaculture,  he added.
“I welcome your team to Delta State on this important field mission on the assessment of the state’s readiness to situate a Special Agro-Processing Zone.
“I understand that this will determine the AfDB” ‘s decision to site this project in Delta State. I know after your assessment, you will see that we deserve it.
He said that the establishment of the special agro-processing zone was desired in the state just as he said the state is hospital and ready to partner with them.
Ezedinma had earlier said the visit was a preparatory mission for the establishment of the second phase of the Special Agro-industrial Processing Zones programme in Nigeria.
“The AfDB is currently conducting what we know as a preparation mission for the establishment of the special Agricultural Processing Programme, the second phase in Nigeria.
“Nigeria has already obtained a loan of about 520 million US Dollars for the first phase of the programme and that is why we have a team here from the National Office of the programme.
“The preparation of the second phase of the programme is basically to assess the readiness of the states for the second phase of the programme. We do have interest from about 27 states of the country and we are trying to see which states are ready in terms of specific criteria we have put in place.
“Some of those criteria include the readiness of the states to involve the private sector partners to be able to support the development of the special agriculture development jobs.
“Two specific documents are very important to us at this stage of our evaluation. One is a good visibility study of the Agro-Industral zone that we are looking at. The second is the environmental social impact assessment studies.
“These two documents are fundamental for the bank to be able to assess the readiness of the state concerning establishing the Special Agriculture Processing Jobs.
“That’s the purpose of our mission and we are here in Delta State to do exactly what we have done in about 13 states now’, he concluded.