…ready for installation at Ayade Industrial Park
As what could be described as fulfilment of its quest for industrialization, Cross River State Government has token delivery of twenty-seven container loads of the automated rice seedling equipments at the Ayade industrial park now awaiting installation in Calabar.
Project manager of the centre, Mr. Patrick Obiren who received the equipments disclosed that, “already, contractors from Taiwan are on their way to Calabar to commence installations of the automated machines which include transplanting and harvesting machines, sorter of various types, rice hullers, graders, cleaners and destoners, packing scales and other rice nursery and cultivation inputs.”
According to Obiren, during the period of installation which he noted will last for a month, intensive training session for the local engineers and skilled labours who will maned the machines upon departure of the expertrates simultaneously.
He mainted that dding that the exercise will also provide huge opportunities for job seekers particularly youth to be engaged at this factory which will be producing seedlings that shall be taken to farms for direct planting.”
Obiren disclosed that , “very soon, Cross River State Government will be supplying the whole country automated and fully vitaminised rice seedlings for their cultivation,” explaining that “the citizenry need not to go outside the state to buy rice for their local consumption as the Rice Mills in Ogoja will produce more than what they need.”
Continuing, he revealed that: “We have received 27 containers of various equipment. We will require a minimum of one month of training of personnel for all this equipment. So there will be acquainted with the basic operational techniques. I can proud say that this exercise will create numerous opportunities for youth here.”
On the Ogoja rice mill which is nearing completion, Obiren explained, “Very soon, the mill in Ogoja will be supplying Cross River and other neighbouring states with made in Cross River rice. We don’t have to go anywhere for rice any more. The concept we have on ground is to make our people work, earn money and feeding themselves. So, we will be self sufficient in rice production soon. The concept is the first of its in Nigeria.