After successfully exporting Ugu vegetable to some European countries, which yielded about N5 million British pounds for the state, Anambra State government said, yesterday, that it had received another order from the United Kingdom for scent leaf, popularly called Nchuanwu.
To meet the demand for the export, 40 cooperative societies from the three senatorial zones of the state have been empowered to grow the vegetable to be able to meet the order in the next two months.
Representatives of the cooperative societies, who were tutored on the processes involved in the cultivation of the vegetable for two days in Awka, were given three water pumps each with suction and discharge facilities, a special type of fertilizer and some quantities of the scent leaves.
Senior Special Assistant to Governor Willie Obiano on UNDP and Foreign Donors, Mrs. Nneka Onwudiwe, urged the farmers to work hard to meet the terms of the UK order.
She said: “Usually we do dry season farming, but because the state is exporting vegetables, we decided to grow Nchuanwu at this time because we have ready up-takers, who will export the vegetable so that we can meet the demand of those who have placed orders.”