Agriculture

Gov AbdulRazaq Tasks Kwara Farmers, Livestock Producers on Green Revolution

 

By Fatima Mohammed-Lawal

The Kwara State Government has advised farmers and livestock producers across the 16 local government areas of the state to partner with the state government to make the state a food basket.

AbdulRazaq made the call in Ilorin while speaking at the 1st Kwara Agriculture Transformation Talks Series organized by the Kwara Ministry of Agriculture for various stakeholders in agro-sector across the 16 LGAs.

The governor,  who was represented at the programme by Mrs Olohuntoyosi Thomas, the Kwara Commissioner for Agriculture said the programme is strategically designed for selected key stakeholders in the agricultural value chain.

He explained that the session is expected to develop an agricultural road map for each of the 16 LGAs in the state as well as explore more opportunities and map partners for various projects.

“The State already have potential investors and serious partners due to our comparative advantage in both crop production and livestock sector.

“We have to leverage on these and the State projects in the sector, as such we need to have a road map for each LGA, so we know where to position each investor and project in line with our 10 years Agricultural Plan,” he said.

AbdulRazaq stated that the expected outcomes of the Series are; the Agric Road Map for each LGA developed by the major stakeholders, the Outline clear next steps for each LGA and the Identified Dry Season Farming Cluster Location for each LGA.

Earlier in his welcome address, Mr Isiaq Oloruko-oba, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, explained that the idea behind the transformation talk is to look back at the days when Kwara used to be the food basket of Nigeria.

He listed such food items to include maize, cassava and millet which were abundantly harvested in the past.

According to him, the advent of the oil boom in the country drastically affected farming, as people shy away from farming which is the traditional way of making money.

“The way forward is to have food security through farming, especially dry season farming. All stakeholders must map the way forward, by coming to share ideas to add to the existing knowledge,” he said.

Oloruko-oba stated that the transformation agenda of the present administration is to have food as cheap and affordable as possible within the state.

Mr Ezekiel Ariyo, the Director of Agriculture Engineering Services, of the Kwara State Ministry of Agriculture, said the state is blessed with vast arable land which is also conducive for dry season farming.

He pointed out that there are rivers which can help in dry season farming across various local governments.

Also speaking, Mr Soji Oyawoye, the Kwara Coordinator of Livestock Productivity and Resilience Support (L-PRES) stated that the programme deals with sustainable production of mainly beef and meat and building ita capacity in Kwara and across Nigeria.

He explained that this includes building capacity in the marketing, selling and processing of animals and animal products.

Oyawoye added that the programme is looking at ways of providing infrastructure such as water and food for animals and training people on modern animal production.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that some of the association at the Series includes Pig farmers, cattle breeders, cassava, groundnut, sunflower and soybeans farmers group across the LGAs. (NAN)
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