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‘We Are Working To Make Kwara Food Hub Of Nigeria’ – Agric Commissioner

The Kwara State Government has restated its readiness to make the state one of the major food hubs of the country.

The State’s Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Mrs Oloruntoyosi Thomas, gave this indication when she hosted a delegation of China-Africa Economic and Trade Council and representative of the organised Private Sector in Ilorin.

The commissioner said the investors’ visit was a result of the state government’s investment drive in the agricultural sector, adding that the state government had earlier sent a delegation to China with some other Nigerians on policies reform and tax policies.

“The visit was to learn about various reforms the People’s Republic of China had undergone, which have gotten them to where they are today,’’ she said.

Mrs. Thomas said that Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq had directed the Ministry to share with the Chinese investors all the challenges facing the sector and bring them in with other relevant bodies.

She noted that the collaboration would go a long way in addressing the identified issues to achieve sustainable development in the agricultural sector.

“The challenges included inputs, production, processing, market linkage, and the entire value chain operations.
“On this note, the delegation decided to visit Rice Farmers at Shonga, Valentine Chicken, and Rice Farmers at Lafiagi, Edu Local Government Area of the State.

“The delegation also visited the Industrial Park under construction, the Fertilizer blending plant, and the Rice Mill factory,’’ she said.

Earlier, Mr Zhensheng Li, leader of Chinese investors, said that the purpose of their visit to various sections of the agricultural value chain was to know how best to solve the already identified challenges.

Li said the visit would also address inputs, machines, and other farm equipment to achieve efficient operations.

Also speaking, Mr. Nicholas Igwe, representative of the organized private sector, said that the body was willing to support President Bola Tinubu and the Kwara government in their quest to transform the agricultural sector.

Igwe hinted that the body was already working in the six geopolitical zones and was ready to invest massively to bring sustainability, efficiforcy, and economic growth to the state and the nation at large.

By Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun is a dynamic media innovator, strategic communication professional, and seasoned climate and environmental sustainability journalist with over 10 years of influential contributions to the media industry.

He Currently serving as the Head of Digital Media, Senior News Editor, and a presenter at Sobi FM 101.9, a leading radio station in Ilorin, Nigeria.

Dare is on a mission to leverage his media innovation expertise and project management skills to produce high-quality, accurate, and engaging content, while advocating for reduced fossil fuel consumption, especially coal, to combat effect of global warming.

He has covered comprehensively environmental issues and COP conferences, including COP28 in Dubai last year , COP 27 in Egypt, and the United Nations Least Developed Countries conference in Doha, in 2023.

He is a recipient of fellowship to be part of a 15 team of journalists selected worldwide to cover the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2024.

He has a Master's Degree in Mass Communication, from the University of Lagos, a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the Lagos State University and also a
Certification in Business Administration and Management, from the Babson College, Massachusetts, United States of America.

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