Osinbajo Urges States To Partner FG On Agriculture

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has called on states in the country to collaborate with the federal government in developing the agricultural sector.

Also former president of Columbia, Cesar Trujillo, has called for increased collaboration between African and Latin American countries for economic development in the continents.

Osinbajo stated this in his remarks at the third edition of the Ogun Investment Forum which commenced in Abeokuta, the state capital, yesterday.

According to him, only collaborations can develop the sector. He recalled one of such collaborations between the federal government and the Kebbi State government in which the Central Bank empowered 75,000 small farmers in the state with N 7.5billion loan for the production of rice.

Osinbajo explained that the project resulted in the production of about one million metrics tons of rice valued at N63 billion within four months.

He said if states were to grow to become the centres of prosperity in Nigeria, they must partner with the federal government for such interventions.

The vice president also urged the states to embark on technological farming in order to attract the youths to the sector.

“Technology is an area where we can achieve much and encourage young people.

“The only time that I get the interest of our young people when I talk to them about agriculture is when I attach it to agriculture,” he said. He disclosed that the federal government had planned to train a minimum 65,000 young people in the area of technology.

“We have been in collaboration and signed agreement with CISCO and currently discussing with Google.com as well as other technological companies that have indicated interest to partner with us,” he said.

The Minister for Finance, Kemi Adeosun in her address pledged that the federal government would play its role as an” enabler” in order to strenthen economies of the various states.

She observed that such intervention had been lacking in the past.

Adeosun stressed the federal government’s determination to lead the nation along the path of sustainable development urging Nigerians to embark on what she described as “ economic patrotism” saying that “no country develops its economy by creating jobs for other countries”.

“We have to patronise our own.  “It may not be the cheapest but it can eventually become cheamer with time,” she said.

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