Ogun State Government has expressed satisfaction on the achievements recorded through Public Private Partnership (PPP), in its drive towards food security, industrialisation and employment generation.
The State Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr.Adeola Odedina said this while inspecting 600 hectares of rice farm at Igbo-Aje, Yewa-North Local Government Area of the State.
Odedina who eulogised youths and private sectors for supporting government in rice and cassava production and processing, noted that rice plantation was ongoing simultaneously as harvesting was taking place in other parts of the State.
“As part of our agenda to support private partnership in food production, we are growing and harvesting rice while its production has come to stay in Ogun, and machinery has been put in place to ensure expansion and sustainability its production in 10 Local Government Areas of the State”, he assured.
The Commissioner added that neighbouring States that have industrial rice mill could now depend on the State for supply of paddy for rice production.
Also speaking, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Agriculture, Dr. Angel Adelaja-Kuye, said Governor Dapo Abiodun’s commitment to youth and women empowerment through agricultural value-chain was unprecedented.
She noted that when youths were profitably engaged, they use their minds and innovations positively, calling on them to embrace the opportunity embedded in agriculture for their self- sustenance.
The Coordinator of Youth Farmers in Yewa North Local Government, Chief AbdulAzeez Ismail, said the rice farm was expected to yield four tons per hectare, thanking government and officials of the Ministry of Agriculture for their guidance and training.
The inspection took the Commissioner and his team to Odu’a Investment’s 1,200 hectares’ cassava plantation at Imeko-Afon, where the Group Managing Director, Odu’a Investment Company Limited, Mr. Raji Adewale said a purpose driven cassava farm would aim at supplying industries.
Ahmed Taofeek & ‘Tunwase Dokunmu,
Press Officers Ministry of Agriculture