17 January 2021 By Shakirat Alabi
Kwara State Government has launched a 10-year Agricultural Transformation Plan Document, designed to ensure food security, generate employment and reduce poverty in the state.
Governor Abdul-Rahman Bello stated this at the virtual Launch in Ilorin the State Capital.
The Governor said the launch was hinged on six pillars of crop production, finance, livestock, access to market, value chain, and cross-cutting programmes.
“It is a 10-year plan which is based on verifiable data gathered from field research and extensive consultations with various stakeholders and experts in the sector”.
He explained that the plan spelled out the opportunities and challenges in the agricultural sector in the state, and identified six pillars that are critical to the success of the plan.
” These pillars are crop production, Finance, Livestock, access to market, value chain, and cross-cutting programmes. The document explains each of these pillars and the milestones to be reached in the course of its implementation,” he said.
The Governor said he was also working to partner the Lagos State Government on food production, adding that Kwara would be investing N2bn in the agricultural sector in partnership with the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), a platform of the African Union to advance economic growth on the continent.
In a remark, the speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly, Yakubu Danladi Salihu said the administration of Governor AbdulRazaq was making frantic efforts to improve rural road infrastructure for easy movement of farm produce.
On his part, Technical Assistant to the Governor on Agriculture AbdulQowiy Olododo, explained that the plan was unique and comprehensive as it captured both the enormous potential in the agricultural sector in Kwara and the actionable steps that would be taken to harness such potential to benefit all.
Earlier, The State Chairman of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria Umar Muhammad Aboki, commended the administration for consulting with and
involving farmers in the plan and for developing the sector to attain food security.