Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State has unveiled plans to establish a huge 20,000-hectare rice plantation in Yewa North and Imeko Afon Local Government Areas.
The governor disclosed this during the commissioning of the first phase of the 21-kilometer Iboro-Imasayi Ayetoro road in Yewa North on Wednesday.
Abiodun stated that the farm would be the largest in Nigeria, and will include a processing factory said to become the biggest rice mill in the country. This, he noted, will realize his goal of making Ogan the rice capital.
In his words, the governor said both domestic and foreign investors have indicated interest in partnering with the state on the project.
“I want Yewa North and Imeko to be known as the breadbasket, not just of Ogun but Nigeria,” Abiodun said, challenging traditional rulers to provide 20,000 hectares of land within two weeks.
“We will turn this area into the rice capital, with investors ready to develop farms and mills. The project will boost the economy and prosperity,” he assured.
The governor emphasized the significance of infrastructure like good roads for agriculture. He then flagged off the 14km second phase of the Iboro-Imasayi Ayetoro road, pledging timely completion.
Abiodun said dividing the 21km road into phases demonstrated the administration’s commitment despite initial budget constraints.