Lagos – Dr Adeola Odedina Odedina, Ogun State Commissioner for Agriculture, has stated that the state government has been proactive to meet the envisaged high demand for food after COVID-19.
He stated this while speaking during a tour to Hyst Global Business Limited, makers of Okun Rice, in Itoikin, a boundary community between Lagos and Ogun State, a 30 hectares rice farm.
Odedina noted that the Ogun State Government will continue to support agro investors especially in the rice value chain as well as other agricultural commodities in order to boost food sufficiency.
He stated that this became imperative as the Ministry of Agriculture in the state will be linking rice farmers in the state with off takers and processors, adding that government have been assisting responders to its earlier call to link young people to industrial process.
He said: “During this pandemic, we don’t want the people to be aimless, so as a strategy of supporting investment in Agriculture, we have given special permit to farmers to continue to work but we ensure that they adhere strictly to social distancing and other measures to guide against the spread of covid 19,″ he said.
Odedina, however, assured other prospective agro investors of good and profitable partnership, stating that the era of the challenge of lack of inputs and other necessary materials needed for farming is over.
Dr Dotun Sorunke, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, stated that the Ministry has been mandated by the governor, to ensure that there is enough food for the people of the state, maintaining that this formed the basis for the tour to various prospective off takers for youth farmers in the Rice Value Chain of the State’s Anchor Borrowers’ Programme.
He said that government has secured 30 hectares of land in the areas which will serve 39 youths that will come for rice farming.
He said: “We have secured 30 hectares of land in this area which will serve 30 youths that would come for rice farming. We would also ensure a profitable marketing for them to thrive,” Sorunke said.
Biodun Onalaja, Chief Executive Officer of Hyst Global Business Limited, while responding said that he relocated from the northern part of Nigeria just to key in to the lofty Agriculture policies of the state government.
He said as an indigene of the state, he would not relent in partnering the present administration’s effort at enhancing Agriculture, submitting that the Government has indeed afforded investors the right environment to thrive.