Ogun State Government and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, are set to enter into partnership, aimed at providing technical and other support to the various agricultural programmes.
The State Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Adeola Odedina revealed this when he led a four-man team from the Institute on a facility tour of Odeda Farm Settlement in Odeda Local Government Area of Ogun State, saying it would be the first point of intervention in preparing it as a centre for youth-focused agricultural training programme.
Dr. Odedina said that IITA would support government in establishing demonstration farms, train youths in various Agri-business ventures, as government had developed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Institute, affirming that the Farm Settlement had training resources that could be utilised for the various youth-focused agricultural programmes.
In his remark, the Leader of the team, Dr. Okechukwu Richardson, expressed readiness to partner Ogun, noting that the inspection was meant to assess the facilities and improve on them towards food sufficiency.
“We are impressed with the facilities we have seen. We will be happy to partner with the State. We are here to work out modalities to do something that will benefit Ogun State”, he said.
Facilities visited included, on-going land clearing and preparation site, Eweje dam, fish pond, Fish Processing Unit, feed mill, cattle ranch, among others.