On Thursday, Oyo Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimabi, reported that the State Agricultural Initiative (OYSAI) had produced 750 tons of corn and 865 tons of cassava and that there was cooperation with the Dangote group for mass production of rice.
He added that the state provided 7.5 million of the last hybrids of cocoa, corn and cashew seedlings to farmers and provided extension services to farmers.
Governor Adzhimobi, speaking at the State Agricultural Investment Summit and Exhibition at the Conference Center, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (ITA), Ibadan, said his administration focused on agricultural development, confirming that its importance in state-building cannot be overemphasidsed .
The governor said that the state government had purchased 388 tractors and tools for mechanized farming; 10,000 metric tons of fertilizers and agrochemicals were distributed annually at subsidized rates; and, by the way, established links between primary producers and processors. He said that the summit on “The Transformation of Oyo Agriculture and Agri-Union Industry: Private Sector Participation” was very appropriate at a time when the country was looking for a permanent solution to the problem of food insecurity, unemployment and the backward development of rural areas.