Ogun State Government has honoured the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) for their contributions to agricultural transformation in the state.
The State Governor, Ibukunle Amosun presented host of honour to the Institution alongside the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation during a courtesy visit to his office.
The visit which coincided with the AATF stakeholders’ meeting on cassava mechanization in Abeokuta, Ogun State wherein the governor sent a delegation to the meeting and also invited the three organizations to his office for further discussion on possible partnerships in agriculture and other developmental areas.
Participants underwent practical training organised by International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)-Cassava Weed Management Project (CWMP) in Ibadan, Oyo State.
Amosun said the current economic realities experienced in the country made obvious the need for the diversification of the Nigerian economy, emphasizing that agriculture was the solution. He also disclosed intentions to reverse the rural-urban migration by making agriculture attractive.
The Governor expressed readiness to further collaborate with the three institutions with the view to unlocking the agricultural potential of the state, especially in areas such as cassava, maize, poultry, and aquaculture.