AGRICULTURAL TRANSFORMATION: OGUN COLLABORATES GIZ TO REVIEW AGE-LONG AGRICULTURAL POLICY


In a bid to formulate better agricultural policy in fulfilling the goal on food sufficiency, job creation and industrialuasation, the Ogun State Government in collaboration with German Cooperation (GIZ) has reviewed its agricultural policy which was enacted in 1989.


Speaking during the official handling over ceremony of the policy document in Abeokuta, Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Adeola Odedina said the State Government's current agric policy supercedes what obtains in the old policy.


Dr. Odedina noted that there is need to develop a framework that would stand the test of time, to cater for the current and future agricultural policy.  

          

The Commissioner described the move as a foundation to enhance the sector for improved production, adding that local, national and international stakeholders in the agricultural sector were duly consulted for their inputs during the review. 


"We are receiving a document here today that we reviewed together with GIZ who is our partner. It's another milestone that we are reviewing a policy established since 1989. In the next 20 to 30 years, we are going to be relying on it because we are using it to lay a good foundation for the future of agriculture. We are still going to present it to the State Executive Council and the House of Assembly", he said.


Speaking, a stakeholder in the policy review, Prof. Kolawole Adebayo said the development was to transform the State's agricultural sector in line with the best global practices, hence, consultations were made to all the States in the country that have agricultural policy, as well as local farmers and other stakeholders to obtain suggestions, opinion and other inputs.  


This current document allows some innovations in the front burner of agriculture. So, anyone that wants to go into any sector of agriculture, in ICT, climate smart agriculture, agro-forestry, green house technology, this current document recognizes all of that and many others", he submitted.


On his part, the GIZ representative, Barr. Akinropo Omoware, said the idea is to have a policy that would drive the agricultural process better in the State, pointing out that implemention of the policy would have multiplying positive effects on the agricultural sector with attendant value-chain opportunities. 

   

Contributing, the Secretary, All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Ogun State chapter, Prince Abiodun Ogunjimi, applauded the State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun for his passion and committment towards improving agriculture in the State, advising government to expedite action on making the policy a law that could be implemented and sustained.

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