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We’ll support FG on agric pilot schemes – Gov Abiodun

We’ll support FG on agric pilot schemes – Gov Abiodun

Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has pledged the support of the State Government on various agriculture pilot schemes of the Federal Government, noting that the State would give the FG all required support.

Governor  Abiodun, who made this known while he received the Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development in his office in Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, said that his administration is looking at getting involved in cotton and rice, and resuscitating its over 6,000 hectares of palm oil plantation.

“We are quite happy about the opportunity that agriculture presents for us. We are also looking at doing cotton, growing rice, resuscitating our palm oil plantation, which we have about 6,000 hectares of. I just want to urge you that any of these pilot schemes – the cocoa pilot schemes that you said they are doing in Ondo or any other scheme – this is where they should come and do ĺit. This is the Gateway State. Let them come and do the pilot here. We will give you all the support that you require,” he said.

The Governor also assured the Minister that the State was also capable of providing people for extension services, adding that the State does not need to start looking around for people, as it already has a database of people interested in agriculture.

Abiodun also added that the State was looking for potential partners to work with on palm oil production, noting that they expect intending investors to only have a refinery in the State as part of the criteria for partnership.

“All what I can say is that we are ready in Ogun State for you. Whatever it is that you have plans on for us, we are ready. We have a job portal from which if you need 100,000 people for extension services, we can provide it immediately. We don’t have to start looking for them because we have them. What we simply did was to ensure that those that were interested in agriculture were enumerated. We have their details. We even checked their qualification to ascertain their zeal for agriculture.

“We are looking for potential partners to come and partner with us in the area of palm oil production. We have some conditions they must meet – they must put a refinery here; we will give them an existing palm plantation; l and also give them additional land,” he said.

In his remarks, the Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Mohammed Sabo Nanono, noted that the FG was interested in the cocoa industry, rice production and agricultural mechanisation in the State, adding that they were being considered as a pioneer State in the South West.

“I think Ogun is one of the states in the South West that we have very much interest in in two fundamental areas – cocoa industry and rice production – and also agricultural mechanication which is going to affect about 632 local governments and I think we would consider Ogun as one of the states that will be a pioneer in the South West.”

The Minister had his Special Adviser, Prof. Muritala Sabo Sagagi with him on the visit to the Governor.

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