Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has pledged to collaborate with the Federal Government in its various agriculture pilot schemes, as his administration was committed to growing rice, cotton production, as well as resuscitating its over 6,000 hectare of palm oil plantation.
Prince Abiodun made this known while receiving the Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Mohammed Sabo Nanono, in his office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, urging the federal government to replicate in the Gateway State, the cocoa pilot scheme and others being implemented in Ondo State.
“I just want to urge you that any of these pilot schemes that you said they are doing in Ondo or any other scheme, this is where they should come and do it, this is the Gateway State, let them come and do the pilot here, we will give you all the support that you require”, he said.
The Governor added that the State needed potential partners in palm oil production, in which the intending investors would site a refinery as part of the criteria for the partnership, while providing palm plantation and additional land, assuring the Minister that the State was capable of providing people for extension services, as it already had a data base of people interested in agriculture.
” All what I can say is that we are ready in Ogun State for you, whatever it is that you have plan for us, we are ready. We have a job portal from which if you need 100,000 people for extension services, we can provide it immediately; we don’t have to start looking for them. What we simply did was to ensure that those interested in agriculture were enumerated by having their details; we even checked their qualification to ascertain their zeal for agriculture”, he said.
In his remarks, Alhaji Sabo Nanono, noted that the federal government was interested in cocoa industry, rice production and agricultural mechanization, adding that the State was being considered as a pioneer State in the South- West.
“I think Ogun is one of the States in the South-West that we have interest, in the area of cocoa industry, rice production and agricultural mechanization, which will affect about 632 local governments in the South-West’’, he noted.
The Minister was accompanied by his Special Adviser, Prof. Muritala Sabo Sagagi.