Malaysia partners with Ogun state government to increase rice production.

Malaysia partners with Ogun state government to increase rice production.

Rice has become one of the staple foods in Nigeria today. The local consumption demand far exceeds supply from local farmers. Rice importation gulps several millions of dollars yearly.

Various varieties and brands are imported from Thailand, Malaysia and India.

In order to increase local production, the Ogun Government on Saturday said that the Malaysian Government would soon commence the massive cultivation of rice and cassava in the state.

The Commissioner for Agriculture, Ronke Sokefun, made this known when she spoke to newsmen in Abeokuta on Saturday.

Sokefun said that the Malaysia Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry would be the arrow head for the projects.

She said the Malaysians would acquire 500 hectares of farmlands in different parts of the state for the project.

According to her, the projects are evidence that the partnership with the Malaysian government has started yielding dividends.

The commissioner said the ministry would embark on the rehabilitation of abattoirs and slaughter slabs throughout the state.

She said that the rehabilitation would help the state to meet international standards, adding that plans were on the way to establish a fish farm estate.

Sokefun said the ministry’s project included the Farmers Market in Asero; Rice Farm in Eggua; Green House in Kotopo; Cashew Plantation in Afon and Cocoa Plantation in Alagbagba.

“All these projects cut across the three senatorial districts of the state. No effort will be spared to complete and get the best out of them this year,’’ she said.

Sokefun called on stakeholders to cooperate with the government in its efforts at achieving food security and youth empowerment through the different agricultural programmes.

We at BELVYNA Global believe this is a step in the right direction.  Employment generation and Food security are an integral component of sustainable development.

We shall bring you updates on developments as they unfold in the Gateway state.

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Mrs. Yemisi Akibu ( nee Awokoya) is the Chief Executive Officer of Belvyna Global, an agricultural consultancy service firm based in Lagos, Nigeria She is a former Team Member of the Agricultural Department of Union Bank of Nigeria Plc, one of Nigeria's first generation banks. She holds a B.Sc degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and a Masters degree in National Development and Project Planning from the University of Bradford, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom. She is passionate about the role agriculture plays in the social, economic, political development of a nation. She holds the view that one of the pillars of stability of a nation food security and this can only be achieved through the holistic development of the agricultural sector. She can be contacted via: yemisiakibu@gmail.com or info@belvynaglobal.com Remember, The Farmer Is King Enjoy my blog

3 Comments

  1. Ronke - January 19, 2014

    Nigeria needs to develop by producing enof food especially rice, maize and cassava for gari so the people can live well. Nigeria should be feeding west africa and not importing food

  2. Philip - January 19, 2014

    The disconnections in the Agric sector should be perfected by the government to effect sustainable development.

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