How Ekiti state government is boosting livestock production in the state

Part of the address given by His Excellency, the Governor of Ekiti state, Dr Kayode Fayemi on the occasion of the ‘One day interactive session with Ekiti youth titled: Ekiti youth, let’s talk: engaging youth in agribusiness’ which held at Adetiloye hall, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti state on Tuesday, February 9, 2021

“The theme of this occasion “Ekiti Youth, Let’s talk Agribusiness” is very apt. There cannot be a better topic than the chosen to engage the hardworking Ekiti Youths at this time in our state and Nigeria at large. Our focus as a government is to make agriculture the mainstay of our economy”.

“All our efforts and that of our youth will be able to close the food deficit gap of ₦3,35trillion cumulative from (2006 – 2019) four times higher than the agricultural export of ₦803 billion within the same period. These opportunities to fill in the food deficit gap energized us to take agriculture and rural development as one of the pillars of our administration since we came on board in October 2018”.

“In our continued quest to boost agriculture in Ekiti State and make it attractive to our teeming people, we opened up the Agribusiness space under public private partnership to bring investors in the area of large scale commercial farming. Some of the investors are JMK foods, Ibis Authority Rice Mill Ltd, Dangote Rice, Stallion Rice, FMS farms, Promise point and Dairy Farms and Processing by Promasidor Nigeria.  Because of our friendly policies and programmes, Egbeja snail village which is the second biggest snail farms in Africa is now in Ekiti State with a view to extracting slime for export”.

Other new investors are: Truvis Agric Ltd for Ginger farming, Farm Crowdy/ Chodchod for maize and ginger, Ellah Lakes for oil palm and cassava, Nosak the biggest crude ethanol producer in Nigeria will be processing cassava to ethanol, OMOLUABI Farms for rice and cattle ranch, value ingredients for cashew, cocoa and plantain production and processing, Oodua Investment/ Farming Nigeria Ltd for poultry, cattle ranching, farm credit poised to provide finance for agriculture enterprises, all these put together has brought in value more than $200 million investment to Ekiti State”.

“The high investment drives to our dear State is as a result of the ‘ease of doing business’ policy of the state government which covered availability to both cleared and un-cleared land across the State in the excess of 40,000 hectares when put together”.

“We partnered the World Bank to rehabilitate and tar 1,000km of rural roads through the Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project (RAAMP) which opens up over 500 rural communities and farmsteads across the State. The State is also in partnership with World Bank/Federal Government sponsored Agro Processing Productivity Enhancing and Livelihood improvement support programme (APPEAL). Involvement in National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP) FADAMA cares III, AUDA-NEPAD to cater for small holder farmers, L-Press to take care of large and small ruminants”.

“As a government that walks the talk, we released 6,000 hectares to Nigeria Cassava Growers Association for private drive ethanol project, Procurement of 20,000 bags of 10kg SKU to enhance quality and marketing of locally produced rice, Training of Ekiti youth and farmers on rearing and empowerment and 150 Smart Farmers empowered with tablet (palmtop) to enhance Agribusiness. Participation in the Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP) of the Federal Government to strengthen the implementation of commercial agriculture scheme in Ekiti State from September 2019 till date”. LIVESTONEWS

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