Abeokuta( Ogun state).
As parts of effort to make food sufficient in Africa, African Development Bank has declared its support for Ogun state government’s Agro preneurs programmes.
The President of the Bank, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina disclosed this on Thursday in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital when he paid a courtesy visit to the State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun.
Adesina said the AfDB would provide buyers for the agricultural products of the state government through its agriculture business chain.
He said that one of the five priorities of the Bank was to feed Africa, noting that feeding the continent requires making agriculture a business that would create wealth and jobs.
Adesina noted that the special agro processing zones would attract food and agric businesses into rural areas that have already been enabled with basic infrastructures like water and power, adding that the presence of rural dwellers would help add value to everything that is produced in the rural areas.
He regretted that in the rural areas of Africa, there is high level of poverty, arguing that it is actually structural in the sense that the productivity of agriculture is quite low.
Speaking earlier, the state governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun said to further consolidate on the AFDB plans, an Agro cargo Airport that will enhance easy transport and seamless movement of agricultural produce would be established to further trade growth.
The governor added that, a world class Agric and wood processing zone will be created in the state to diversify the state’s economy through tree plantation.
He noted that there was no reason for the State not to be the food basket of the country, adding that it has everything going in its favour – with a land mass of about 16,000 square kilometres, out of which 12,000 is arable.