As per sources, it has been stated that the management team of Thai-African Corporation Limited, a leading rice producer in Thailand, has arrived Calabar, Cross River State, for the commencement of the development of a Rice City in the state. The project is estimated to cost over $4 million and it is sited along Goodluck Ebele Jonathan Bypass. The construction of the Rice City is expected to take at least six months.
Further, Managing Director of Thai-Africa Corporation, Mrs. Pantipa Dhanagom, who conducted visit round the project site, informed that the scheme will be a rice seedling centre with the best and unique rice seedlings to be grown in the area. It will become a training centre and a one-stop service which will also cater for out-growers in Nigeria and other African countries as narrated by Mr Dhanagom.
Moreover, while on the choice of the project site, the MD told that the land is suitable and is also the best location because it is on the highway and similar to the one that the Governor Prof Ben Ayade inspected in Thailand. Commenting on the development, Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade emphasized that the initiative was to complement Federal Government’s efforts on agriculture.