All social societies, clubs and council of chiefs in Egbaland have been directed to formulate strategies to harness the huge export potentials in agricultural products common in the area.
The Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, gave the directive in his closing remarks at the Seminar on “Self reliance through agriculture for a secured future” held at Centenary Hall, Abeokuta on Wednesday in continuation of the week-long Globacom-sponsored 2017 Lisabi Festival.
The paramount ruler said Nigeria should produce her food to shed the toga of karikachop it currently carries, adding that products like black soap, coconut oil, shea butter, livestock and plantain chips were money spinners they could profitably invest in.
Earlier, speakers at the seminar called for an agricultural revolution in the country where every household would be involved in livestock, fisheries, horticulture and food crop production, adding that the backyard of homes should be utilised for agricultural purposes.
They urged government to make rural areas attractive to youths through provision of amenities and modern farm implements that can be rented by a cluster of farmers to leverage the advantages inherent in coming together.
The panelists commended the partnership between Lagos and Kebbi State government which birthed the Lake rice initiative and advised other states to emulate such partnership to positively harness Nigeria’s vast arable and fertile land to feed ourselves.
The panelists included an animal scientist, Dr. Olukemi Adenusi, Professor Lukman Aderibigbe, Professor Funmilayo Adebambo and a Director in Ogun State Ministry of Agriculture, Mr. A.O. Ajayi while the Ogun Area Manager, Globacom, Mr. Femi Iwalaye; represented the company at the event.