Ondo will turn Agriculture to Money Venture – Mimiko
Governor of Ondo state, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko has reiterated his administration’s commitment to make agriculture an alternative money-economic venture, particularly for the unemployed youths in the state.
Mr. Kayode Akinmade, the Ondo State commissioner for Health, said Gov. Olusegun Mimiko made this pronouncement during a working visit to the Ore Agro-business City on Monday. The governor was accompanied by some members of the state executive council and the Director General of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Dr Nteranya Sanginga, along with top officials of the IITA, The Punch reports.
According to him, the Governor while speaking said that the goal of his administration was to create a new generation of professional farmers and agricultural entrepreneurs that will find agriculture a lucrative and dependable area for endeavor.
“We still remain convinced that one area where we can get a large number of our youth to fully engage is agriculture. We must break away from our over dependency on oil and gas,” the governor said.
The DG of the IITA, Dr. Sanginga applauded Mimiko for his enthusiasm for agro-preneurial development. He described the facilities and resources at the Ore Agro- business City as suitable for sustainable training of the youth in agriculture.
He also used the medium to call on the Federal Government to focus more on the Ore Agro-business City and its agri-preneurial programme.