…partners FarmCrowdy on $5m agribusiness project
By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
As the Oyo State government is poised to explore agriculture and its value chain to turn around the economy of the state, the State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde on Monday stated that his administration will turn all the farm settlements in the State into farm estates
Governor Makinde made the disclosure at the launching of a US$5m Agribusiness Project facilitated by FarmCrowdy, a digital agricultural marketing platform held in Ibadan, the state capital
The governor who reiterated the administration’s resolve to expand the economy of the state through agribusiness noted that the state is endowed with vast arable land that can be utilized for agriculture
He said “We have the roadmap to make agribusiness thrive in Oyo State ” adding that the report of a recent retreat in Cotonou, will be implemented to the letter as soon as it is ready.
The governor also stated that the Moniya -Iseyin road which is strategic in ensuring easy access for movement of farm produce will be rehabilitated the smooth transportation of the produce.
According to him, the Moniya – Iseyin road contact had been terminated because of poor handling of the project assuring that the road project will soon be rewarded to a competent contractor.
“I made a pledge that I was going to appoint a practical farmer as the Commissioner for Agriculture which I did in the person of Ojemuyiwa Ojedokun
He assured of his administration readiness to partner with FarmCrowdy that will be mutually benefitting in boosting agribusiness in the State
Earlier, in his address, the Managing Director of FarmCrowdy, Kenneth Obiajulu disclosed that the company intends to deploy US$5m over a period of time towards developing agribusiness in the State.
He said Oyo State is one if the strategic States that has the mandate to deliver on agriculture adding that with the level of commitment of the current administration in the state, the state will not only become the food basket of Nigeria but in West Africa.
In a goodwill message, the Deputy Director-General, (Parnership Delivery), International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, IITA, Ibadan, Dr Kenton Dashiell expressed the readiness of the institute to provide markets and access to good quality inputs
Dashell also assured that the institute will provide the technology that will triple the yields particularly in crops such as maize, soya beans, cassava, banana, plantain, yam, and beans.
” The IITA is ready to partner with the government and private sector to boost agriculture in the State” he added