The Ogun State Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Adeola Odedina, has disclosed that Ogun State Government had resolved to partner with investors to boost agricultural activities and create more investment opportunities, towards food security, job creation and economic empowerment.
Dr. Adeola Odedina, made this known in Abeokuta, while receiving delegates from the French Embassy and investors,
He noted that the State government operates an open-door policy that welcomes investors who have the mandate to support agriculture in various capacity and value-chain.
Dr. Odedina reiterated that, they are ready to create an enabling environment in terms of access to land, favourable policies and advisory services.
He recalled that, they had already have a collaboration with the French Embassy in the Dairy Farm sector, which is situated in Odeda, adding that they are ready to welcome more of such.
The Commissioner disclosed that the livestock sector in the State, particularly the cattle value-chain, has a lot of potential to be invested in, which would in turn benefit the youths and smallholder farmers.
In his remark, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Dotun Shorunke, said the government is making a concerted effort to improve the cattle value-chain, as well as becoming a major producer and not just a consumer in the sector.
He cited one of the initiatives of the State government towards boosting agricultural productivity and commercialisation to include, the recently organised Federal Government supported Livestock-Productivity Resilience Support Project (L-PRES).
Speaking earlier, the Senior Trade Advisor, French Embassy, Mr. Valor Iduh expressed delight at the various programmes of the State government in the agricultural industry, saying the French Embassy would be looking forward to partnering the State in the areas of livestock, livestock-feeding and Veterinary Medicine.