Agricultural Industrialization: Ogun Assures Investors Of Government's Support - THE ENCOUNTER NEWS


Friday, January 24, 2020

Agricultural Industrialization: Ogun Assures Investors Of Government's Support

Ogun Agric Commissioner, Dr. Odedina, PS of the ministry and Consultant to the Governor on Agriculture, Dr. Angel Kuye with the Agro Park management team during a visit to the park on Friday. Photo: Seun Raymond
Michael-Azeez Ogunsiji 
ABEOKUTA - As part of concerted effort to create job opportunity for the teeming youths and diversify the economy through agriculture, the Ogun state government, through the Ministry of Agriculture on Friday disclosed readiness to partner with a private agricultural company,  Agro Park to train over 2,000 youths on livestock and crop production. 

The Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Samson Odedina, disclosed this during a visit to Agro Park in Ijale-Papa, Oke-Ogun area of Abeokuta North local government of the state.

Stressing the rationale behind the visit, the Commissioner stated that industrialisation and Private-Public Partnership (PPP)  was key in the state's vision to create job opportunity, promote investment through the agricultural sector and create food security, hence the reason for the visit. 

His assurance was that the partnership  would  link potential  farmers, especially the young ones with existing farmers to supply primary products to  industries, a project that would help in the actualisation of of the vision. 

According to Odedina's accessment "Agro Park needs 2,000 young  farmers to improve on the production of lemon grass, with this partnership we will be able to  train young people on production of lemon and through this we are creating jobs and food security".

"We are here because industrialization and PPP is key to our vision, especially vision that is tied to agriculture in Ogun  state. With this we will be able to link famers, young people who are able to supply primary products to industries that private sector  people have applied, then we can be talking  about job creation  so they need state support in sustaining their source of raw materials."

In his remark, the Chief Operating Officer of Agro Park, Mr. Ayodele Alabi stated that the partnership would encourage self romance among the youths and reduce their depence  on government for survival.

Alabi argued that through agriculture, the youths would make a phenomenal difference in the state as well as bring development to the economy, hence, changing the odd narrative in the country's economy sector. 

"People do say that millenial youths are lazy, they don't want to  stay on the farm but the truth is that the youths are not lazy and you could see them working on the farm. Here the youths  are making phenomenal difference in agriculture.

He said "We want to partner with the ministry of agriculture  Agric industrialization because it isn't enough  to cultivate crops. What we are doing here presently is that we are into livestock  and crop production and we also run the entire value chain."

"We are looking at taking  agriculture to the next level, having  products from our farm produce at the end of the day export surplus, create employment for our people and also feed ourselves as a nation."

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