Ogun State government has put strategies in place to boost farm yields and link farmers to ready markets and exportation, as a way of encouraging them to efficiently support the State’s agricultural revolution programme.
Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Adeola Odedina stated this in Abeokuta during his opening remarks at the launch of Nigerian Competitiveness Project (NICOP), in collaboration with Europeans Union and the Federal Government, under the West Africa Competitiveness Programme for Lagos and Ogun States
Dr. Odedina said the State government aimed at increasing farmers’ output and link them to ready markets and industrial process, thereby creating jobs and ensure food security.
According to him, the launch of NICOP for tomatoes, pepper, Chilli, garment and leather value-chain would open farmers to opportunities, both locally and internationally.
Also speaking, Consultant to the Governor on Agriculture, Dr. (Mrs.) Angel Adelaja-Kuye, urged participants to partner with other stakeholders for optimum results, in order to attain NICOP’s objectives, stressing that the scheme would afford local farmers the opportunity of producing improved yield.
On his part, the Lagos State Commissioner for Agriculture, Prince Gbolahan Lawal, pledged continued collaboration of his state with Ogun, for agricultural expansion, which would engender mutual benefit and integration needed for food security.