Anambra state government is reportedly exporting vegetables (ugu, green, bitterleaf, okro), avocado pear and fish directly to the U.S and European countries.
An Instagram post “agrihubng” reveals this and boasts that an international report rates Anambra vegetables as the best. It also adds that so far, in just few months, vegetables worth $5 million have been exported.
In February, the Anambra State Government announced commencement of agro-allied exports to European countries, in partnership with ABX World, a Nigerian based courier/cargo Company, in collaboration with Arik Air and Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCOL).
The state government said its affinity for agricultural development was to eliminate poverty, create jobs and improve the internally generated revenue (IGR) of the state.
Anambra State Investment Promotion and Protection Agency (ANSIPPA) boasts that the state now produces in large quantities the best species of bitter leaf in the world, discovered in Idemmili South Local Council Area.
The state government has been encouraging farmers to cultivate it all over the state with an eye on the export market, so that they can earn foreign exchange for themselves.
The exports are happily coming at a time the Nigerian government is genuinely leading the effort to diversify the country’s revenue base from petroleum which has, in over one year, been suffering glut in the world market, with all the attendant problems like the collapse in price.
The present government in Anambra State led by Willy Obiano, an erstwhile investment banker, must be a great believer in the competitive advantage theory.
The competitive advantage theory compels individuals and nations to squeeze water out of stone, as seen in the instance of Southeast Asian nations. They know that the modern world in particular is driven by globalisation which, in turn, leads to hyper-competition.