The Executive Governor of Oyo State on Thursday disclosed that the State Government Agricultural Initiative (OYSAI) has produced 750 metric tonnes of maize and 865 tonnes of cassava, while also informing the general public of the government’s collaboration with Dangote Group for massive rice production in the State.
Governor Ajimobi said this at the State Agriculture Investment Summit and Exhibition, which took place at the Conference Centre, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, claiming that his administration was focused on the development of agriculture, reiterating it’s importance in nation building.
He added that the state had distributed 7.5 million latest hybrids of cocoa, maize and cashew seedlings to farmers and made provision for extension service delivery to rural farmers. The government had procured unto 388 tractors and implements for mechanized farming, distributing 10,000 metric tonnes of fertilizer and agro-chemicals yearly at discounted rates; in a bid to establish linkages between primary producers and processors.
He said that the summit, with the theme: ‘Transforming Oyo State’s Agriculture and Agro-Allied Industry: Private Sector Participation,’ was very apt at a time that the country was looking for a permanent solution to the problem of food insecurity, unemployment and retarded rural development.
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