The Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi had said his administration is determined to diversify the state economy and maximize the agricultural potentials of the state for sustainable development.
At the inauguration of the Ekiti Rice pyramid project and the flagged off the 2021 wet season rice cultivation at the Ekiti Parapo Pavilion in Ado-Ekiti, the Governor said that the present administration in the state would continue to initiate and implement policies which are aimed at boosting the Agricultural sector to ensure food security in the state.
“The project was informed by the vision of his administration to boost agriculture in the state, and by extension key into President Buhari’s transformation programme in the agriculture sector”
According to him, Rice had become the most consumed staple in Nigeria, and support for local Rice production by the President had improved the level of agricultural practice expressing belief that considering huge market and rising population of Nigerians, there is need to invest in diverse areas of agriculture sector.
The governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Godwin Emefiele described the coming on stream of the Ekiti Rice Pyramid project as a demonstration of the country’s huge investment in the agricultural sector.
The CBN boss said
the country is still determined to expand the agriculture space to achieve the overall objective and attain the potential inherent in the sector.
”What we are witnessing today are harvests from various states in the Southwest and other neighbouring states. This implies that rice production is possible in all states of the federation.This is pursuance of Mr President’s quest for economic diversification, with emphasis on agricultural revolution, aimed at achieving government’s economic sustainability plan”.
The Ekiti State Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Security, Prince Olabode Adetoyi in his address said that the event would showcase the state’s efforts in agriculture with special focus on Rice production, adding that there would be job creation as the initiative would engage about twelve thousand Rice farmers,pointing out that the programme when operational would churn out 1.5 metric tons of rice yearly.
Prince Adetoyi advised the teeming youths in the state to embrace agriculture as a way of reducing the dependence on white collar job.