…Restates Commitment towards Agro-Industrialization, Economic Diversification
Ogun State Governor, Prince (Dr) Dapo Abiodun, on Wednesday, bagged the award for the Governor of the Year at the 2020 Nigeria Agriculture Awards (NAA).
The award was in recognition of his efforts and commitment to the development of the agriculture value chain.
NAA is an annual event hosted by AgroNigeria to recognise and celebrate stakeholders in the Nigerian agricultural ecosystem who are contributing significantly to the development of the sector.
Staged against the backdrop of the Feed Nigeria Summit (FNS), the award celebrates excellence, thereby bridging the gaps between the town and gown in the sector. This year’s edition of the FNS was themed “Agribusiness: Leading Nigeria’s Recovery”.
Governor Abiodun, on receiving his award, restated his administration’s commitment to revitalising the state’s agriculture sector.
According to him, the state would actively engage in private sector empowerment to drive the sector.
He explained that the government’s major contribution to this would be providing an enabling environment for private investors to thrive.
One of such efforts, he explained, was the increased budgetary allocation for agriculture, in the coming year. He added that he had just presented the proposed budget to the House of Assembly on that same day.
He said, “I am pleased to be with you here today, to receive another award from Agricultural stakeholders.
“Coincidentally, today happens to be a historic day in Ogun State, as I presented the 2021 State Budget the House of Assembly, where expectedly, agriculture is on the lead to demonstrate the decision taken earlier by our administration, to use agriculture to grow the economy, provide jobs, drive industrialization and promote food and nutrition, with the private sector taking the necessary lead, while we provide an extraordinary enabling environment.”
The governor also alluded to some previous agricultural projects by his administration, including the Ogun State Broiler Project and input palliatives for farmers.
The rice value chain, he said, recorded N300 million credit and technology linkage for 1,100 rice farmers.
According to him, the efforts have also succeeded in integrating youths, over five thousand cassava farmers and other smallholder farmers into the system.
Describing Ogun State as the “largest hub of industries and Agro industries in Nigeria”, the governor noted the state’s giant strides in developing the sector had yielded great results.
He further disclosed that plans to integrate over 5,000 youths in the value chain, next year, are currently ongoing.
“I want to assure stakeholders, that as a role model Governor in Agricultural opportunities and interventions, I value technology, extension and advisory support for farmers, investors and all value chain actors.
“For all actors, extension support is free, and with the recently employed 1,100 Agric extension workers, with a minimum of six extension workers per Local Government, I am sure our people, including the young ones, will continue to receive government support.
“We recognize our leading position in cassava, rice (largest producer in South West), aquaculture (largest hub in West Africa), and largest producer of broilers, eggs and vegetables.
“We shall continue to work with the Federal Government, intervention agencies and stakeholders to improve policy and enabling environment which enables agriculture to play its much-desired role,” he said.
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