Ogun Govt.To Use ICT, Mechanisation To Drive Agric-Odedina - EDU-BIZNEWS


Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Ogun Govt.To Use ICT, Mechanisation To Drive Agric-Odedina

          Ogun Agric Commissioner

Ogun State Government  has revealed that its focus would be more on using Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Mechanisations to drive its various agricultural programmes and boost foods production in this new year .

The State Agriculture Commissioner, Dr. Adetola Odedina revealed this while fielding questions from newsmen on plans of the Ministry for the year 2021 in his office at Oke Mosan, Abeokuta.

According to Odedina,"There are two things you must put into consideration if you want people, especially the youths to embrace agriculture, these are ICT and Mechanisation. This, we have taken care of by ensuring that ICT was included in all our youths-based agricultural programmes. You can use ICT to monitor your farm, as well as mechanise every aspect of your production".

"Another thing you cannot take away from modern-day agriculture is technology and competitiveness, this underscores our linkage with all these variables, which helps in increasing productivity thus, giving the farmers edge in terms of a ready market for their produce among others", the Commissioner added .

He assured farmers of availability of  off-takers and ready market for agricultural produce in the State as modern-day agriculture is market-driven.

"About 80% of farmers in Ogun State grow maize and cassava and the four biggest buyers of cassava are based in Ogun State, so you won't be wrong if you grow them. This is not to say that there is no market for other crops, we have ensured that our farmers don't jump into production without an assured market, that is why we link them with lots of investment advice", Odedina added.

The Commissioner submitted that despite the challenges of the outgone year, including the restrictions occasioned by Covid-19, the State government, without precedence, drove an agricultural system that empowered close to 15,000 people.

He added that his ministry would be expanding to other areas of Agricultural value-chain, due to the success  recorded in its Anchor Borrowers Programme, Ogun Broiler Project among others in the year 2020. 

"We are going to be moving to other areas, we are going to expand our Anchor Borrowers Programme, Ogun Broiler Project and others. You will recall that because of success of the Ogun Broiler Project, the governor has graciously approved its replication in all the 20 Local Government Areas of the State", the Commissioner said.

He further revealed that because of the success of the State's Anchor Borrowers Programme on Cassava and Rice, the State is now the focus of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Anchor Borrowers Programme in cocoa, cil calm, cotton, aquaculture and cattle, noting it was highly encouraging that the strides were recorded in a COVID year

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