In order to inculcate mechanise farming into farmers, Ogun State government has emphasised the need to adopt public private partnership that would link all categories of farmers to various agricultural value chain.
Commissioner for agriculture, Dr. Adeola Odedina stated this during an inspection tour to a farm mechanisation service provider at Ikenne, some private mechanised farmlands at Odogbolu and a food processing company at Ilara, Remo-North Local Government Area.
He reassured farmers and those in agro-allied services, of Dapo Abiodun led administration’s readiness to link them with inputs that would make them mechanised in every aspects of farming, including; land clearing equipment, planting machines, harvesters and food processing machines.
He encouraged investors to venture into procurement of modern farming implements, such as tractors, planting machines, ploughers, harvesters and others, which could be hired by farmers for optimum agricultural inputs and profitable outputs.
“Our farmers don’t have to own tractor one by one. Some investors are into farm mechanisation services and farmers should know where to go to access their services. We are also monitoring this private investment, so that farmers can hire the equipment and jointly, we will make food available for the people”, he said.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Dotun Sorunke also added that the State government was poised at taking agriculture in Ogun State to a higher level, encouraging farmers to take advantage of diverse government’s intervention programmes.
“We are taking agriculture in totality and we are encouraging youths, farmers and those interested to take advantage of these integrated investment opportunities because we are not discriminating anyone”, he said.
Press Officer, Ministry of Agric