From: Bamidele Fashube, Abuja
AS part of efforts to increase farm productivity and promote small scale farming, the Ogun State government has disclosed plans to partner the Nigeria Incentive Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending, (NIRSAL) and the Nigeria Agricultural Insurance Corporation (NAIC).
Dr. Adeola Odedina, Commissioner for Agriculture in the state highlighted need for private sector involvement in the sector, to jointly realise the food sufficiency target set by the Federal Government.
Speaking during a meeting with NIRSAL and NAIC representatives at his office in Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, the state capital, Odedina said with Public Private Partnerships (PPP), the state could as well create more jobs through the agricultural sector.
According to him, “the present administration has identified agriculture as one of the major sectors for employment opportunities and it is ready to give necessary support to intending investors that aligned with the State Government’s agenda.”
NIRSAL is an initiative of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to guarantee credit support for farmers and other operators on the farm value-chain while NAIC is the Federal Government initiative designed to insure farmer’s agricultural produce. Both agencies have their headquarters in Abuja, the Federal Capital territory (FCT).
However, Odedina explained how the state government strives to achieve self-sufficiency in food production, provide avenue for exportation of cash crops, as well as, raw materials for the numerous agro-allied companies.
He noted that with the high commitment by the state government, agriculture remains the only avenue for the development of the country.
Earlier, Mrs. Jumoke Ilo, NIRSAL representative said the courtesy visit was to intimate the Commissioner with activities of the organisation.
These, according to her includes, facilitation of agriculture business, risking agricultural value and fixing broken agricultural value chain by working with small scale farmers towards improving their livelihood.
She noted that her agency was ready to work with the State Government towards actualizing its agricultural development agenda, for the betterment of the people of the State and the nation at large.
NAIC representative, Mr. Tayo Adeolu also applauded the state government’s agricultural development agenda, which he noted would increase productivity and create desired wealth.
He, however, pledged support for the state’s agricultural initiative.