Ogun State Government has disclosed that it would continue to support Agro investors, especially in the Rice Value Chain, as well as other Agricultural commodities to boost food sufficiency
Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Adeola Odedina who made this known during a tour to Hyst Global Business Limited, makers of Okun Rice, in Itoikin, a boundary community between Lagos and Ogun State, said this became imperative, as the Ministry would be linking Rice Farmers in the State with off takers and processors.
The Commissioner stated that the State Government has been assisting responders to its earlier call to link young people to industrial process, adding that, it has also been proactive to meet the envisaged high demand for food after Covid-19.
“During this pandemic, we don’t want the people to be aimless, so as a strategy of supporting investment in Agriculture, we have given special permit to farmers to continue to work but we ensure that they adhere strictly to social distancing and other measures to guide against the spread of Covid-19”, Odedina said.
He assured other prospective agro investors of profitable partnership, saying the era of the challenge of lack of inputs and other necessary materials needed for farming was over.
Speaking after inspecting a 30 hectares of Rice farm, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Dotun Sorunke said the Ministry has been mandated by the Governor, to ensure that there was enough food for the people of the State, maintaining that this formed the basis for the tour to various prospective off takers for youth farmers in the Rice Value Chain of the State’s Anchor Borrowers’ Programme.
According to him, “we have secured 30 hectares of land in this area, which will serve 30 youths that would come for rice farming. We would also ensure a profitable marketing for them to thrive”.
Responding, owner of the facility, Biodun Onalaja, who relocated from the northern part of Nigeria, to key into the lofty Agriculture policies of the State government, said as an indigene of the state, he would not relent in partnering the present administration’s effort at enhancing Agriculture, commending Government for affording investors the right environment.