The newly sworn-in Governor of Ogun State, Prince (Dr) Dapo Abiodun has promised to revive the agricultural sector, to boost food production for local and international consumptions.
The Governor made this known while delivering his speech shortly after his inauguration at the M.K.O. Abiola International Stadium, Abeokuta, the state capital, saying, his administration would tap into the friendly climate condition and arable land mass of over 16,000 square kilometre available in the State to make the sector more economically viable.
According to him, agriculture was not being fully tapped into, and it was necessary to maximize these agricultural advantages and boost food production for the citizenry, assuring of establishing a framework that would enable farmers acquire farmland with ease, facilitate linkages between them and industries, encourage local process of farm produce and an off-taker system for more production.
“Government will implement a framework that will ease
acquisition of land for agric purposes, facilitate linkages between farmers and
industries, encourage local processing to enhance value-chain and thus reward
on investment and organize farmers into groups and establish an off-taker
system to encourage more production and guarantee price stability’’,
The Governor disclosed further that abandoned farm settlements across the State would be resuscitated and farmers would be given access to capitals to boost their farming, encouraging youths to take advantage of these incentives and become agro-entrepreneurs, while linking roads to these farms would be rehabilitated to ease movement of farm produce to the markets.
The State’s helmsman assured of creating a synergy with the Federal Government, Central Bank of Nigeria, other development agencies and research institutions, to provide a holistic agricultural value-chain in the State.