The Ogun State government says it is embarking on the massive production of rice with the aim of selling at an affordable price to its residents by the end of the year. The state’s Commissioner for Agriculture, Mrs Ronke Sokefun, who disclosed this in Abeokuta, the state capital, said acres of land were being prepared for massive planting of the rice by farmers.
She spoke at a press conference organised by the state Council of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (OGUNCCIMA) for the eighth Gateway Trade Fair 2017, scheduled to hold on Wednesday, May 17 and Friday, May 26, 2017, at the M.K.O Abiola Trade Fair Complex, Abeokuta.
The commissioner, represented by Mr Adetunji Kanimodo, disclosed that agriculture was being given top priority to boost industrialisation in the state. President of OGUNCCIMA, Mrs Oluyinka Adebutu, stressed the need for agriculture to be fully explored by the government at all levels to sustain the country “since petroleum is no longer booming.”