By JIMITOTA ONOYUME
PORT HARCOURT— RIVERS State Government is to set up three farm villages in the state as part of efforts to tackle the problem of food insecurity in the country.
The state governor, Mr Chibuike Amaechi, who made this known at Government House, Port Harcourt, during an interaction with the media, said the state would go into partnership with LR Group of Israel, at a cost of $140 million.
The governor, who spoke through the Chief Executive Director, Rivers State Sustainable Development Agency, RSSDA, Mr Noble Pepple, said the government would provide $100million while the Israeli partner would provide the balance of $40 million for the project.
Noble said about 3,000 hectares of land for mechanised farming would be carved out for the project in Etche part of the state.
He described the LR Group of Israel as one of the biggest firms in that country with focus on agriculture and agro-industrial projects across the world.
He said: “In the case of Rivers State, we will develop a public/private partnership project that is focused on developing a 3,000 hectare mechanized farm in Etche, Rivers State and the farm will also have a major agro-processing centre.
“In addition, the third component of the project will be the development of three major modern farming villages.”