The Executive Governor of Ogun State, Prince (Dr.) Dapo Abiodun revealed during an interactive session with farmers in the state at the cultural centre Kuto Abeokuta that the government has made provision for 40,000 hectares of land in the state to encourage farmers to involve in all season farming.
This is in line with the current administration’s plan to encourage Public Private Partnership in the agricultural sector which in the long run would pay off by ensuring that there is enough food produced in the state to feed the people and also export to neighbouring states.
However, the Governor said an American company had indicated interest in partnering with the State by providing improved maize seedlings and off taking the produce, adding that the Central Bank of Nigeria was also ready to support the State in its agricultural development drive.
Abiodun said that rural roads would be rehabilitated to ease movement of farm produce, while a Security Trust Fund would be re-launched to provide efficient security coverage to the people. He said the State was strategically located with large arable land suitable for planting rice, maize, cassava and other food and cash crops.
The Governor lauded the efforts of fish farmers in the state for being a model to their counterparts in other states, adding that the interaction session was to chart a way forward on how best to develop agriculture in the State.
In her welcome address, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Mrs. Abosede Ogunleye, said the State has the highest concentration of poultry farm insurance in the country.
He called on farmers to key into the agricultural agenda of the government as the present administration was ready to support them
The Chairman, All Farmers Association of Nigeria, Segun Dasaolu, pleaded with the government to assist farmers in capacity building and revitalization of the farmers’ market at Ogere by providing security, electricity and motorable roads for effective use of the facilities.
Representatives of rice, cassava, maize, fish, cattle and poultry farmers also revealed on ways to move the agricultural sector forward in the State.