By Kemi Oyeleye
Ogun state government has reiterated support for youths and women, in commodities and trade that would naturally endow them to succeed and be economically buoyant.
Wife of the Ogun state Governor, Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun emphasized this at the launch of the European Union/GIZ and Ogun government Tomato and Chilli Pepper Empowerment Project, training of trainers workshop held at Odeda Farm Institute.
According to Mrs. Abiodun, the present administration placed premium support to youths, women and smallholder farmers who would want to seize the opportunity provided by the state to use agriculture as means of livelihood.
“In this regard, I am pleased that this administration also placed premium support to youths, women and smallholder farmers, who have seen the hope in the opportunities provided by Ogun state government, to use agriculture as a means of providing jobs, sustainable livelihoods and prosperity for our people.”
She noted that pepper, tomato, chili and leather garments had been known profitable items of commerce adding that with the assistance of the International partners, the initiative would turn into a mega business opportunity for the people of the state.
“This project, with the assistance of our international partners, European Union and GIZ, seek to expand this opportunity, by turning this initiative into a mega business opportunity”, Mrs. Abiodun affirmed.
In his welcome address, the Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Adeola Odedina disclosed that over ten thousand farmers had been empowered in the state, assuring the participants of linking them to opportunities and providing them with the needed industrial support.
He promised the state’s continued support in post training linkage support and provision of free seedlings for full scale farmers and subsistence farmers across the state.