The Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, on Friday launched a 10-year Agricultural Transformation Plan designed to ensure food security, generate employment opportunities and reduce poverty rate.
A statement by Rafiu Ajakaye, Chief Press Secretary to the governor, indicated that the state would partner Lagos State on food security as part of the 10-year plan.
“The governor said he was also working to ink an agreement with the Lagos State Government on food production, adding that Kwara would be investing some N2bn in the agricultural sector in partnership with the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), a platform of the African Union to advance economic growth on the continent.
“This will be anchored by a department at Kwara State University, Malete, which will be at Ilesha Baruba. This administration will conclude the construction of that campus. The campus has extensive land, which I have visited.
“So, NEPAD is investing in Kwara. I am also the chairman of the programme’s steering committee. It will make Kwara agriculture programme a huge success.
“The plan is hinged on six pillars of crop production, finance, livestock, access to market, value chain, and cross-cutting programmes, the governor said at the launch of the document in Ilorin, the state capital,” the governor was quoted as saying.
Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly, Yakubu Salihu, said the administration of AbdulRazaq was making frantic efforts to improve rural road infrastructure for easy movement of farm produce.