The Ekiti State Government has revealed that it will commission Nigeria’s largest snail farm, situated in Okemesi Ekiti, on Tuesday.
According to a statement on the official Ekiti State website, Governor Kayode Fayemi will also tour the facilities on the multi-billion naira farm.
The Egbeja Snail Village is an initiative of Farmkonnect Agribusiness Nigeria Limited, and Touchstone Snails Technology, Cyprus.
The snail village is also set to become Africa’s second-largest snail farm and is projected to produce 2,600 metric tons of snails annually.
“In line with the Ekiti State Government’s policy of encouraging private investments in the state, the State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, will be commissioning a multi-billion naira Egbeja Snail Village, Okemesi Ekiti, on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.
“The project, which is a private initiative of Farmkonnect Agribusiness Nigeria Limited, in partnership with Touchstone Snails Technology, Cyprus, is designed to be the largest snail farm in Nigeria and second-largest in Africa, with the capacity to produce a minimum of 2.6 million kg (2,600 metric tons) of snails per annum,” the statement read.
On his part, the Founder, Farmkonnect Agribusiness, Azeez Oluwole Saheed said that the initiative will create jobs for 2,000 individuals.
He explained that slime from the snails would be one of the farm’s exports, as it is in high demand in the hair/skincare and pharmaceutical industries.
Meanwhile, the state government has flagged-off the construction of 1,000 km rural roads in the state.
This was disclosed via its official Twitter page (@ekitistategov). According to the statement, the roads will facilitate the movement of agro commodities to the Special Agro-processing Zone.
The roads, which span the three senatorial districts in the state, will connect rural communities to farms, it further noted.
“Governor Fayemi @kfayemi has flagged off the construction of 1,000km of rural roads across the 3 Senatorial Districts of Ekiti State. This will connect communities to farms & enhance the transportation of products to the Special Agriculture Processing Zone. #21ThingsEkiti2021.
“This project is taking off with 6 pilot roads namely: Ogotun-Alagbede rd, Kajola-Ago Aduloju rd, Iyin Odo Oro-Aroto rd, Itaji-Orisunmibare rd, Oke Ako Farm rd, and Imesi Kosomolate rd, with others to commence in due course. #21ThingsEkiti2021,” the tweet read in part.
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