A dry port that will encourage the processing of agricultural produce for export would be established around Itori, Ewekoro Local Government Area of Ogun State.
The State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun disclosed this during a courtesy call on him at his office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, by a team from African Development Bank (AfDB), led by the Senior Special Adviser to the President, Prof. Oyebanjo Oyelaran- Oyeyinka.
Governor Abiodun while saying that agriculture remained one of the sectors his administration was focusing on, said the establishment of the dry port would complement the airport currently under construction, to handle agriculture produce and other related products, in order to ensure food security and employment generation.
“Agriculture is one of the sectors we place emphasis on. It is on the front burner. We are looking for investors to partner with us in driving the sector”, the Governor said.
He affirmed that government would key into the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) intervention on agriculture, calling on investors to take advantage of the conducive environment and availability of arable land to invest in the State.
Speaking earlier, Prof. Oyelaran-Oyeyinka, said the team was on a courtesy visit to expose the Chinese investors to various investment opportunities that abound, as well as, seek government’s support to enable them set up businesses, noting that many nations, particularly Europe, were making big success in agro-business.
Emphasising that cassava processing would be prioritised to add value to production and generate employment, Oyelaran-Oyeyinka hinted that there was a proposal to develop a 300 Hectare of farmland in the State, adding that the team would visit Oyan Dam and the airport to see how they could be harnessed.
Also speaking, one of the investors, Mr. Junxiong Wang, who owns a paper company at Itori, said he had been doing business in the State for the past ten years, attested to the conducive business environment.