By Oludare Mayowa
Nigerian Governor’s Forum (NGF) has said that its members are now ready and willing to tap the economic opportunity in the agriculture value chain to grow revenue and job creation.
In a series of tweets on Friday, chairman of the forum and governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi said individually and collectively, state governors have considered agriculture as a long-term venture that can attract investments into their states.
According to him the sector can boost internally-generated revenue, and help to create needed jobs among the growing youth population.
He said agriculture is a crucial vehicle for economic growth in Nigeria, “and our focus on that sector has continued to yield excellent results.”
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Fayemi said he led his colleague’s governors on Thursday to visit Malam Alu Agro Allied Company Ltd, an integrated mechanised farm in Jigawa State.
“It was a delight to see that the farm, which was established five years ago as a direct response to President Buhari’s economic diversification policies has grown exponentially.”
He said the farm has a 10,000 square-metre fully automated soilless greenhouse, where tomatoes are produced, and a forty-ton per hour fertilizer blending plant which produces close to 300 truck loads of NPK fertilizer daily under the Presidential Fertilizer Initiative.