Ogun State Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, (IITA), towards strengthening partnership for agricultural intervention activities, as well as expanding mechanised agricultural opportunities.
Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Adeola Odedina, stated this while signing an MoU, at the Institute’s Head Office in Ibadan, noting that the State was leveraging on the Institute’s expertise to further assist in executing its key strategic agricultural pillars of food security, job creation, industrialisation, nutrition and food safety, among others.
Dr. Odedina explained that the partnership would be beneficial to the State in the areas of improved planting materials, technical backstopping for the establishment, demonstration of farms for youth-focused agricultural projects, as well as training, saying, “in Ogun State, the focus on agriculture is real and we have close to 70,000 young people who have registered for opportunities in agriculture, which is along the value-chain. Government needs to rely on partners before delivering on this responsibility’’.
Speaking, the Director-General of the Institute, Nteranya Sanginga, noted that agricultural development in the State was on the right track, lauding the Agricultural team on its strides made so far.
The Deputy Director General, Partnerships for Delivery, Dr. Kenton Dashiell, disclosed that the State had asserted itself as a key player in agriculture reformation in Nigeria.
Highlight of the event was a field demonstrations of crops by a Cassava Breeder, Mrs. Elizabeth Parkers, who affirmed that, with the level of partnership, the State would benefit more in cassava production and multiplication, cassava post-harvest utilisation, livestock feed, youth agribusiness, among others.
Other dignitaries at the event were, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Agriculture, Dr. Angel Adelaja- Kuye, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Dotun Sorunke, member, Ogun Anchor Borrowers Steering Committee, Prof. Lateef Sanni, General Manager, Ogun State Agricultural Development Programme (OGADEP), Taiwo Ayansanwo, the Coordinator, Cassava Revolution, Mrs. Kehinde Jokotoye, among others.
Ahmed Taofeek & ‘Tunwase Dokunmu,
Press Officers, Ministry of Agriculture