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Enugu State government, in partnership with the Agro-Processing, Productivity Enhancement, and Livelihood Improvement Support (APPEALS) Project, funded by the World Bank, has successfully erected and brought to completion 15 aggregation and processing centers, strategically situated across 11 different sites encompassing the state’s three senatorial zones.
Furthermore, the project’s scope encompasses interventions in nine distinct areas across the state, aiming to supply electricity to its advanced agricultural facilities. These endeavours were executed to empower farmers in realising the utmost potential of their agricultural products, including rice and cashew aggregation processing, along with the establishment of poultry processing hubs.
While leading a group of journalists on a tour of these facilities yesterday, Ihuoma Eze, the Enugu State Coordinator of APPEALS, highlighted that their primary purpose is to address the hardships faced by farmers, particularly the issue of ‘post-harvest loss,’ which arises due to inadequate storage facilities and the limited availability of processing centers.
According to Eze, the introduction of these state-of-the-art facilities is poised to elevate farmers’ productivity, facilitate greater value addition, and unlock a spectrum of market prospects at both local and international levels for Enugu’s agricultural community.
Additionally, these upgrades are anticipated to make a substantial impact on the state’s economic expansion, aligning seamlessly with the agricultural policies advocated by Governor Peter Mbah.
In addition, the Enugu State government has taken steps to revamp and strengthen the neighborhood watch groups operating within the state. This strategic move aims to equip them for combating the growing challenges of kidnapping and armed robbery.
Dr. Malachy Agbo, the Commissioner for Human Development and Poverty Eradication, made this declaration during his extensive tour of all 17 councils within the state. His mission was to raise awareness and inspire the members of neighborhood watch groups, emphasizing the critical importance of safeguarding life and property in the state.