By Tope Fayehun, Akure
Ondo State governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has expressed optimism that the agriculture sector in the country will soon be the mainstay of the economy.
Akeredolu said, there are windows of opportunities in the agriculture sector which provides hope for positive development of Nigeria in spite of current economic and socio-political challenges.
The governor stated this in Akure, during a presentation by members of Peace Aid Project (PAP) on Youth and Women Empowerment in Aquaculture Livestock Farming Initiative.
He said, the country will soon attain its prime position with various initiatives by different groups to boost the economy of Nigeria through agricultural business and other business ideas in the country.
Akeredolu, who was represented by his Deputy, Hon. Agboola Ajayi said “very soon, we will no longer be afraid of the price of crude oil in the international market. We have the potentials to make agriculture the mainstay of our economy.
“I see hope in the future of Nigeria. We have now gotten to that crucial stage in our national life, where everyone has now come to the realization that Agribusiness is the way to go. Honestly, I see hope in Nigeria in no distance future.”
On his part, the Founder and CEO of PAP, Mr. Benson Emakpor, said the project focused on government policy to create a “Nigeria beyond Oil” through agriculture.
Emakpor explained that PAP initiative aims to use novel ideas to encourage youths and women to go into modern mechanised farming as well creating wealth for people and generating IGR for the state.
He added that the projects aimed to establish mechanised livestock farms in rural area to empower women and youths as well as the communities where the farms are located.
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