The Mbasaa Community in Isialangwa North and South has reached agreement with the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Abia State Agricultural Development Programme (ADP) to establish five star cassava project in their community.
Speaking during a meeting with Mbasaa Community leaders, CBN, ADP and Ministry of Agriculture officials held at Mbasaa Community, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Agriculture Deacon Effort Nwankwo represented by Mrs. Thelma Emuchay advised the Mbasaa Community to put money aside and work for the success of the project as other Communities are looking for such projects.
Also speaking, the Programme Manager Abia ADP Chief Israel Amanze assured Mbasaa Community that government is not coming to buy or take their land but to empower and make the Community enjoy mechanized cassava farming and make profit adding that off takers have been mobilized to buy off all that will be produced from the project.
Chief Amanze revealed that the project will be established in the three Senatorial Zones of the State and made it known that Communities who indicated interest to host three thousand hectares of five star cassava project will soon be visited.
In his remarks, a representative of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Festus Asembo said the project will be fully funded by the Central Bank pointing out that implementing banks will come for their proper documentation and urged the Community leaders to prepare genuine farmers that will participate in the project which will kick start immediately.
Expressing their gratitude, the village Head of Mbasaa Community Chinedu Aaron, the Secretary Nna Omemma and Mr. A.C. Ohiaogu thanked Governor Okezie Ikpeazu for approving the siting of such project in their domain describing it as first of its kind and promised to ensure its success in the Community.
BCA correspondent reports that the highpoint of the meeting was the inspection of the land for the project by the officials from CBN, ADP, Ministry of Agriculture in company of Mbasaa Community Leaders.