Abiodun pledges support to young farmers, investors - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Sunday, March 10, 2024

Abiodun pledges support to young farmers, investors

Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, at the weekend reiterated his administration's dedication to support young farmers and investors in land clearing, preparation, and mechanization for agriculture, to ensure food security and as well reduce unemployment in the State.

The governor, who spoke in Abeokuta at the grand finale of the 37th Lisabi Day celebration, said the Anchor Borrowers Scheme in the state has nurtured over 40,000 agripreneurs.

Abiodun, who was represented by his deputy, Engr. (Mrs.) Noimot Salako-Oyedele, emphasized that the theme of the celebration, 'Encouraging Youth Entrepreneurship in Agric Business: Panacea for Solving Youth Unemployment in Egbaland,' align with his commitment to empower youths for agricultural growth.

He called for intensified efforts in agriculture and allied businesses, focusing on youth development, even as he highlighted the pivotal role of agriculture in the state's economic roadmap, contributing to food security, job creation, and industrialization.

He said, "Ogun State remains a major global producer of cassava, with strengths in cassava production, poultry farming, fish production, and animal husbandry."

Abiodun underscored the government's interest in boosting the agricultural value chain, encouraging private sector investment for sustained industrialization, job creation, and food security.

While urging elders to instil core values in the youth, he emphasized the importance of hard work, perseverance, and diligence.

Alake and paramount ruler of Egbaland  HRM Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo acknowledged the success of the Lisabi festival, thanking Egba sons and daughters for their financial support. 

He announced plans to empower Egba indigenes through Lisabi palliatives and educational support for students.

Applauding  Dapo Abiodun for the modern Adire market at Asero, Oba Gbadebo encouraged youths to explore Adire making and selling, emphasizing the simultaneous importance of preserving the agricultural legacy of Egbaland.

A former military administrator of Bauchi and Sokoto states, Navy Captain Rasheed Raji emphasized the festival's purpose to shift youth focus from white-collar jobs to sustainable occupations like agriculture. 

He appealed to Governor Abiodun to support youths in achieving self-sustaining agricultural businesses through the state ministry of agriculture.

The event also featured paying homage to the Alake of Egbaland by various groups.

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