Governor Bello Committed to Agricultural Revolution in Kogi
January 18, 2017 Dayo Williams, Abuja
Following the declaration of state of emergency in the agricultural sector of the state, Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has brought in foreign experts to consult with his government on the technical aspect of farming aimed at helping farmers especially peasant farmers to expand their scale of farming geared toward food sufficiency in the state, the country at large and for export purpose.
The Governor’s commitment was contained in a press statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on New Media, Joel Odaudu, in Lokoja, capital city of the state, on Wednesday.
The statement also added that the Governor has sought the partnership of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture through Chief Audu Ogbeh, Minister of Agriculture, for the purpose of turning the state into a thriving hub of farming and agro-allied services.
According to the statement, the visit of Governor Bello to Ogbeh has yielded fruits which include the Ministry of Agriculture collaborating with the state government in setting up a massive 5,000 hectares of cashew farm to span across the state.
It also said the Federal Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with the state government would set up a cashew processing facility in the state aimed towards the export of cashew nuts.
Aside that, The Federal Ministry of Agriculture in conjunction with the state will set up rice processing facilities in Ibaji Local Government Area and other rice producing areas of the state.
In addition, the ministry will facilitate the cultivation of groundnuts, lentils, and castor seeds in the state in partnership with the state
The statement added that Ogbeh revealed the readiness of his ministry to partner with the state while speaking through his representative, Mrs Winifred Ochinyabo, at the Stakeholders Meeting on Agriculture, held at the Government House, Lokoja, on Tuesday.