In the bid to increase food security in Nigeria, the Kogi State government has said its commitment to agricultural revolution in the country has begun to yield positive interest, as its rice will soon bridge the gap between demand and supply across the nation.
The Director General, Media and Publicity to the Governor, Mr. Kingsley Fanwo, stated this in Lokoja during an appraisal of the state government’s agricultural plan. According to Mr. Fanwo, “we are poised to strengthen our lead in cashew production as well as take over the leading role in cassava and rice production, because of our comparative advantage in these crops. Gov Yahaya Bello
“Kogi State had declared a state of emergency in the agricultural sector long before the unstable revenue generation in the state. The visionary administration of Governor Yahaya Bello has placed agriculture on the front burners of its economic prosperity plan known as the New Direction Agenda. “A massive revolution is going on across the state in the area of rice production.
Kampe Omi Dam Project is breathing down on the leading rice producers in the country. “Our rice mill is near completion and by the end of the year, the nation will be shocked by the magnitude of work put in place to ensure rice sufficiency in the country. “We are also working on the Ibaji Rice Farm, which has the potential of causing a revolution in the nation’s rice production. “We attach great importance to the value chain and the multiplier effect agriculture can have on the economy of our dear state.
The state is prepared towards becoming the food capital of Nigeria by 2023.