Governors in the South West have disclosed that they are assiduously working together to improve the region’s agriculture sector through the South West Agric Company (SWAgCo).
Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, who also doubles as the Chairman, South West Governors Forum, stated this recently during the South West Export Enlightenment and Engagement Forum.
The forum which was themed, “Maximizing Export Potentials in the South West Region for Economic Growth,” was held at the International Culture and Event Centre, Akure, Ondo State.
According to him, SWAgCo is a registered company under the Oodua conglomerate which was created for effective exploration of agricultural resources in the region.
“Today, we try to unlock the Agric sector by creating a conducive environment. In creating it, we are a One-Stop-Shop.
“We have the Ondo State Development and Investment Promotion Agency (ONDIPA) here, when you need land they must look for it.
“We have the cassava to ethanol plant. We have gone into partnership with NNPC. Another cassava to ethanol company is coming up in Ose,” Akeredolu said.
The governor further stated, “We have set up an industry that will be producing powder egg. The company is almost afoot to produce powder egg.
“We have put a lot of intervention in place to double our cocoa export. We have a single estate approach in Jugbere. We have 10,000 hectares in Jugbere. We should be able to improve to 150,000 metric tons per year from the 80,000 that we currently produce.
“We have started a major revolution in Nigeria here in Ondo State called red gold. It has to do with palm. We must support the zero oil economy.”
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