As part of the backward integration policy of Prof. Ben Ayade’s administration, Cross River State Government is set to roll out 30 tonnes of cotton from its cotton farm by November this year. The cotton farm situated in Woda community, Yala Local Government Area of the state, is in partnership with Arewa Cottons.
Managing Director, Arewa Cotton, Anibe Achimugu, in a chat with journalists at the farm disclosed that “we will start by allocating parcels of land to the community farmers, train them and hope that they can now pass the knowledge to others. “Members of the community are already working with us in terms of the casual labour that we need.
Also, we are collating the small holders farmers as out growers,” Achimugu said, adding that “the entire cotton value chain has the capacity to generate 10,000 jobs and a lot of that vistas of opportunity will come from Cross River State.”