FCT Agric Team to Replicate Ogun State Agricultural Model
A delegation from the Federal Capital Territory Agricultural Development Programme (FCT-ADP) as well as the Agric and Rural Development Secretariat (ARDS) visited Ogun state recently with the aim of understudying it and to replicate Ogun State Agricultural Model.
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The Director, Planning, Research and Statistics, ARDS, FCT, Yahaya Hussaini, noted that the seamless land Acquisition, land management, farm settlement as well as farm estates operation of the state informed their choice of Ogun for the share-learning and they are ready to implement same.
“We are here because of the various success stories of Ogun State in terms of Agriculture. It was indeed a fruitful visit, we have been to other states but what we saw in Ogun State is a wide margin, and we came to the conclusion that Agriculture is the way out of our challenges.
“We saw the farm institute and estate operated by the state government as well as the skilled personnel and we we’re thrilled and they are all worthy of emulation”, He said.
Yahaya also said that the FCT-ADP was looking at ways of harnessing the potential of youths in the FCT in Agriculture as well as dissuade them from over relying on white collar jobs, saying Agriculture could be used to take many out unemployment and noted that the Ogun Broiler Project as well as Fisheries production will be replicated in the FCT-ADP, believing it will further help to boost its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).
He attributed the successes recorded to the support gotten from the State Governor, Prince (Dr.) Dapo Abiodun, committed staffers, collaboration with Development partners, noting that it was poised to do even more this year.
The Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Adeola Odedina who welcomed the team, said it was time for Nigeria to create a synergy and cross fertilize ideas that would engender modern commercial farming and industrialization.
He said the state also visited some states last year as Ogun is not a “know it all state.
Some of the places visited by the FCT Team were, Ajegunle farm settlement, Odeda Farm Institute, Anchor Borrowers fields, Ikenne farm settlement, among others.
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