Lagos – Ogun state government has pledged its support to the ongoing cassava cultivation and processing project of the Odu’a Investment Company limited situated at Imeko area of the state.
Dr Adeola Odedina, Ogun state Commissioner for Agriculture made the pledge during a visit to the cassava plantation in company of Dr Dotun Sorunke, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Eva Adelaja, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Agribusiness.
Odedina said that he was impressed with what he saw on the farm that that in three months, the Cassava Plantation looked very healthy and the project was already having social impact with the engagement of 35 youths who are indigenes of the host community.
Earlier, Adewale Raji, Group Managing Director/CEO of Odu’a Investment Company Limited (OICL), said that since the operations started in late June 2020, 220 hectares of the land had been cleared and 86 hectares was planted at the time of the visit.
He stated that the mandate is to clear and plant 1,200 hectares of cassava in 13 months and that the ultimate goal is to establish combined processing plants of 100 tons per day fresh cassava value addition into High Quality Cassava Flour and High Quality Food Grade Starch.
Raji further said that the plantation would ensure raw materials availability for the plants.
He commended Prince Dapo Abiodun, Governor of Ogun State for linking the administration’s focus with agriculture to industrial demand, job creation, food security and industrialisation.
He also commended the State’s Ministry of Agriculture’s approach on strong value chain coordination and achievements in registering over 2,000 beneficiaries for rice cultivation and 3,000 beneficiaries for cassava cultivation under the Anchor Borrowers Programme.
In his goodwill message, High Chief Professor Anthony Asiwaju, Balogun of Imekoland who represented the Onimeko, HRM Oba Benjamin Olanite, thanked Odu’a Group for bringing the long awaited development to Imeko community and assured of the cooperation of the Imeko community towards the success of the project.
Engr Kola Adeniji, Chairman of Niji Farms Group, the Technical Management Partner of OICL on the entire project and his team were on hand to lead the tour of the plantation.