Kwara Gov Launches 10-year Agric Transformation Plan

Kwara Gov Launches 10-year Agric Transformation Plan

Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Friday launched a 10-year Agricultural Transformation Plan, which is designed to ensure food security, generate employment opportunities, and reduce poverty rate.

According to the governor, the plan is hinged in six pillars of crop production, finance, livestock, access to market, value chain, and cross-cutting programmes, the Governor said at the launch of the document in Ilorin, the state capital and the document comes with measurable milestones to ensure faithful implementations by all the stakeholders involved.

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AbdulRazaq said: “It is a 10-year plan which is based on verifiable data gathered from field research and extensive consultations with various stakeholders and experts in the sector. The plan spells out the opportunities and challenges in the agricultural sector in the state, and identifies six pillars that are critical to the success of the plan,” AbdulRazaq at the launch attended by several stakeholders in agriculture virtually.

“These pillars are crop production, Finance, Livestock, access to market, value chain, and cross-cutting programmes. The document explains each of these pillars and the milestones to be reached in the course of its implementation.”

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He explained that the plan also comes with detailed monitoring and evaluation mechanisms to constantly interrogate the journey while attention is also paid to sustainability.

“The essence of this document is to ensure food security, attract investments to the sector, create jobs, reduce poverty, and create inclusive growth by giving equal opportunities for women and girls to also benefit from everything that this plan has to offer.

“This week is one of the most exciting weeks because I met the French Ambassador to Nigeria who has agreed to send a team to Kwara State. He is particularly interested in agricultural sector, most especially the livestock sector.”

The Governor further explained that he is also working to ink an agreement with the Lagos State Government on food production, and Kwara would be investing some N2bn in the agricultural sector in partnership with the New Partnership for Africa Development (NEPAD), a platform of the African Union to advance economic growth on the continent.

“This will be anchored by a department at Kwara State University, Malete which will be at Ilesha Baruba. This administration will conclude the construction of that campus. The campus has extensive land which I have visited. So, NEPAD is investing in Kwara. I am also the chairman of the programme’s steering committee. It will make Kwara agriculture programme a huge success,” he added.

“I thank all the stakeholders, our partners and our team for the success of this work. However, the most challenging part is ensuring successful implementation of the plan to make Kwara food sufficient by 2030. This is achievable if everyone plays their part. As an administration, we will mobilise every resources in support of this dream.

In a remark, the speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly Rt. Hon. Yakubu Danladi Salihu said the administration of AbdulRazaq is making frantic efforts to improve rural road infrastructure for easy movement of farm produce.

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“This plan, when well implemented, will improve the state’s internally generated revenue, which is very important. With the Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project (RAAMP), about 700kms will be taken care of and the Agricultural Transformation Plan will be a plus to us all in the state,” he added.

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