Ogun to benefit from three FG's agric pilot programmes-NALDA Executive Secretary - NIGERIAN NEWSORBIT


Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Ogun to benefit from three FG's agric pilot programmes-NALDA Executive Secretary

Ogun State governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun and NALDA Executive Secretary, Dr Paul Ikonne

Olumide Akanji

The Ogun State Government has been nominated to benefit from three Federal Government's agricultural pilot programmes aimed at further positioning the state as the food basket of the country.

The Executive Secretary, National Agricultural Land Development Authority(NALDA), Paul Ikonne, made this known when he led the management of the Authority to the office of the state governor, Dapo Abiodun, at Oke Mosan, Abeokuta, on Wednesday.

He noted that the state would  benefit from the Integrated Farm Estate, Garri Packaging Plant, a training programme on soil testing and extension services for 200 young graduates with science and agriculture related degrees.

The Executive Secretary added that the Integrated Farm Estate would be sited in the three senatorial districts of the state, stressing estate would involve everything from production to processing, packaging and marketing.

Ikonne explained that the Garri Processing Plant would give farmers the opportunity of farming with the belief that their efforts will not go to waste.

He disclosed that NALDA would not sit back and watch the state improve the worth of agriculture alone, "the Authority would also be re-activating the 700 hectares of land at Joga-Orile immediately, with the hope that the reactivation will increase the status of the state in food production".

Responding, Governor Abiodun  attributed the success of his administration's agriculture project to the support of the President Muhammad Buhari-led government, adding that his administration holds agriculture as a "triple barrel pillar" that allows the state to feed its people, create employment, as well as generate revenue for the state.

Abiodun who also noted that his administration recently started the construction of its International Cargo Airport to boost the agric sector, said that the state also won a bid to become a special agric processing zone, with the state using the advantage of the cargo airport that seats on a 5,000 hectares of land to its advantage.

He assured NALDA of administration's support, especially with provision of land for the purpose of the Integrated Farm Estate.

The governor submitted that his administration would also set up a team to look at ways of starting the Garri Packaging Plant in quick time and ensure that the youths and graduates benefit from the training programme on soil testing and extension services.

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