In fulfillment of its promise to improve the agricultural sector, Ogun State Government is considering the involvement of Live Birds Market Association in its ongoing Anchor Borrowers Programme, in order to boost their income and increase protein consumption in the State.
The Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Adeola Odedina made this known during a meeting with the leadership of the State Chapter of the Association, who paid courtesy visit to his office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
Dr. Odedina, who appreciated the Association for their commitment towards improving their business, said one of the ways the State Government could assist them was to integrate its members into the various agricultural programmes which would create economic linkage between smallholder farmers and reputable large-scale processors, with a view to increasing agricultural output and significantly improving capacity utilization of processors.
He assured that the Ministry would get in touch with concerned government agencies, to checkmate the indiscriminate sale of live birds on road sides in the State, acknowledging the concerted efforts of stakeholders at ensuring that government achieved set goals.
In his contribution, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Dotun Sorunke, commended the group for putting aside personal differences, to forge a common front for the benefit of its members across the State, charging them to continue to support Government’s efforts in developing agriculture.
Earlier in her remarks, the leader of the Association, Mrs. Ejide Balogun, congratulated the Commissioner on his appointment and appealed for the reconstruction of modern livestock market demolished recently at Iyana Mortuary in Abeokuta, urging government to check indiscriminate sales of live birds, to forestall possible outbreak of lovebird disease.
She expressed the Association’s readiness to support the present administration’s developmental programmes, appealing for financial support from the State Government for members.