Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun says more than 70,000 youths in the State are currently involved in crops and livestock production, while about 3,000 would take advantage inherent in the dairy sub-sector of the economy.
The Governor, disclosed this at the Virtual launch and unveiling of the Centre for Nigerian Dutch Dairy Development in Nigeria, a subsidiary of Friesland Campina WAMCO Nigeria Plc, noting that the State also has farmers who were already in the milk industry.
He said the State agricultural programmes were deliberately focused on youths, especially the farm entrepreneurs and smallholder farmers, adding that the objective was to assist them leverage on opportunities in the sector, including animal husbandry through a well-coordinated value chain initiative.
” We have continued to provide support to all our farmers, in terms of land, training, off-taking, credits and inputs, at ensuring sustainability of the projects and profitability of the markets.
” I commend the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and all our partners for their commitment towards the growth of Agriculture and all other sectors of our dear State’s economy. I am happy to inform you all that we have been successful in this area of economic diversification and agricultural industrialization, as well as in our food security, poverty alleviation and job creation programme in our dear State”, the Governor stated.
Prince Abiodun lauded the company for its mutual integration through cooperatives, partnerships, training, and support that has produced over 9,000 dairy farmers, including 950 women across communities, especially in Ogun State.
“Barring any unexpected happenings, the Dairy Development Programme (DDP) which you pioneered in August 2010 in Nigeria will become more vibrant, result-oriented, and mutually beneficial with the establishment of a full-fledged Centre for Nigerian Dutch Dairy Development in Nigeria (CNDDD). This seems to be a definitive approach to growing local content and building capacity”, he said.
Government, he noted, was committed to a viable Public-Private Partnership (PPP) by attracting quality private investments from across the globe, through the provision of a conducive atmosphere for existing businesses to grow and establishment of new ones.
Press Officer, Office of the Governor