Nigeria: Osun to Partner Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina On Agric Processing

Sequel to the dwindling resources from the federation account, Osun State government, at the weekend, held partnership sessions with some investors from three countries aimed at boosting the state’s internally generated revenue. Nigeria’s Ambassador to Brazil, Chief Chive Kaave, led the delegation of businessmen/investors from Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina to the state where the state delegation had discussions on some of partnership deals. The areas of focus by the business delegation to the state included agricultural mechanization, egg production, rice production, fish production, cassava processing, cooling storage and processing.

Addressing the business delegation to the state at the partnership session, the Director General, Office of Economic Development and Partnership, Dr. Charles Akinola took the stock of the economic plans of the state government under the leadership of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and how the business investors from the affected countries can key into the six point integral action plans of the government, meant to banish hunger, poverty and engendered massive employment of the youths in the state.

Akinola told the visiting team that Osun State has favourable climate conducive for most agricultural products existing in the three countries, adding that most of the things grown in Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina also exist here. While stressing the importance of rail mode of transportation to support industrailazation in the state, Akinola told the delegation that the state government has staked interest in establishing mid regional market at Dagbolu, a strategic railway station, to further boost the state’s industrialization agenda, through agriculture.

According to him, “we are interested in all season farming and we need to do so because the state government plans to supply at least 10 per cent of the food consumed in Lagos and we need to go into commercial agriculture to be able to achieve this. “We want to promote Osun State through small scale enterprises into industrial growing nation and for this singular reason, we are developing all farm settlements. Over 190,000 acres of land had been prepared for the purpose of developing agriculture and encouraging banks to help bringing in partners who are interested in large scale agriculture through different partnerships.”

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