Ogun State is taking steps to create jobs, better livelihoods, boost food security and nutrition, with agriculture as the focal point. This was a highlight of a webinar organised by the Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with some partners.
To tackle poverty, Ogun State is relying on inclusive agricultural growth in the rural areas. The aim is to increase the income of rural households.
Speaking during the webinar, the Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Samson Odedina, said that the government has taken steps to bolster food security by providing farmers with support and pursuing reforms to strengthen the industry.
The Commissioner said the impact of COVID-19 pandemic challenged the state’s economy, jobs, food and nutrition. He noted that the pandemic has shown how critical the food system was in ensuring resiliency.
To help farmers, Odedina disclosed that the state is working with partners to distribute seeds and other inputs to help them produce fresh and healthy food, which will then be made available and accessible to residents. With unemployment high across the country, he said Ogun State is encouraging youths to venture into farming. He said the government is working towards empowering 1,000 youths in various agric ventures, to boost food security and agricultural production. He added that the government was determined to use agriculture to provide employment and grow incomes. The Nation