A Chinese firm has expressed its desire to establish a feed mill and maize farm in Cross River state, worth around eight million dollars.
The Chairman of Wuhan Longfecund Agriculture Development Company Ltd, Wuhan China, Yongsheng Cao disclosed this when he paid a visit to State Governor Ben Ayade at the Government House in Calabar, Cross River.
Speaking with the help of an interpreter, Cao said he is optimistic that setting up the feed mill and maize farm will thrive as the state and China share similar topography. The move is expected to boost the Governor’s efforts to diversify the economy of the state.
“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.
According to the governor, “the partnership between Cross River state and the maize centre in China will provide will provide the state with a first class knowledge, first class technology, first class farming and first class mill as all the sweet corn used in our salads were imported.”
The governor added that the state had over 21,000 square kilometers of land and that part of Akamkpa, Uyanga, Obubra and Yala were suitable areas for maize farming according to soil studies earlier conducted.