Ogun Assembly to Enact Bill on Board for Farm Produce
Improvement in the business activities of food and cash crops farmers in Ogun State is underway, as the State House of Assembly is concluding arrangements to enact a law for the establishment of a marketing board and make provisions for the purchase and export of farmers’ produce.
Speaking at a stakeholders’ forum organised by the State House of Assembly on the bill, participants advocated for the selection of relevant stakeholders as members of the board and execution of appropriate policies that would add values to the chains of production of food and cash crops in the state.
Contributing, the State Chairman of All Farmers Association, AFAN, Mr Segun Dasaolu and President of Association of Student Farmers, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun State, Mr Oluwatobi Vaughan emphasised the need for the and urged the government to provide financial assistance to the farmers to boost their businesses.
Also speaking, the permanent secretaries, Ministries of Commerce and Agriculture, Mrs Lydia Fajombo and Mrs Abosede Ogunleye advised that arrangements should be made to provide good seedlings to farmers to enable their produce to be acceptable both at local international markets.
In a remark, the sponsor of the bill, Pastor Olayiwola Ojodu expressed the hope that the bill would improve the economy of the farmers and expand the revenue generation of the government.
Earlier in a keynote address, the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Prince Suraj Adekunbi, who was represented by his deputy, Prince Olakunle Oluomo maintained that the bill would ensure availability of food and crops produce round the year and upgrade the agricultural sector in the State.