Abiodun Re-assures On Completion of Ogun Agro-Cargo Airport Project - EDU-BIZNEWS


Friday, August 27, 2021

Abiodun Re-assures On Completion of Ogun Agro-Cargo Airport Project

Governor Dapo Abiodun has expressed his administration’s determination to complete the ongoing agro-cargo airport project, located between Ilishan Remo and Iperu-Remo in Ikenne Local Government Area of Ogun State

The project when completed is aimed at  linking smallholder farmers to agro-industrial opportunities, as part of government's efforts, to further boost agricultural investments in the State.

Abiodun gave the reassurance at an award ceremony organised by Nigeria Agriculture Awards (NAA), where he bagged for the second time, the award of the Governor of the year in Agriculture, 2021, in Abuja.

Abiodun said the Annual Feed Nigeria Summit, supported by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, African Development Bank (AfDB), and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), was an indication that the government was engaging all development partners to enhance the drive for self-sufficiency in Agricultural production in Nigeria.

He added that the decision to align the State agricultural agenda with that of the federal government had been largely beneficial to the State, in terms of Anchor Borrowers programme (ABP), training programmes for farmers and extension officers, land clearing for youth farming and inputs distribution, as well as processing equipment supplied to farmer groups, among others.

The governor represented by the Commissioners for Special Duties, Barr. Femi Ogunbanwo and Agriculture, Dr. Adeola Odedina, disclosed that the State has been on a mission to partner private sector and international development bodies to engender support for smallholder farmers, create jobs, ensure food security, agricultural industrialisation and linkage of growers and farmers to industrial process, through an innovative value chain approach.

"We have made concerted efforts in terms of encouraging youths and women to come into agriculture and we have been giving them inputs and technical know-how through the Planting Materials Palliative (PMP) initiative, which will make them capable of supplying services and raw materials to numerous agro-industries in the State and even the potential industries that will come with the completion of the agro-cargo airport and industrial hub", Abiodun stated.

Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Adeola Odedina, also received an award as the Agriculture Commissioner for the year 2021, at the event.


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