Oyo Govt, IITA, Farmcrowdy Collaborate on Developing Agric
Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, has revoked the Moniya-Iseyin road contract awarded by the immediate past administration for the sum of 7 billion naira.
He disclosed this in Ibadan at the launch of a 5 million dollar Agribusiness Project initiative by Farmcrowdy.
Governor Makinde while stressing the significant of the road in moving farm produce around the state said the previous government awarded the contract to an engineering firm that did not have capacity to handle the project.
He said his government would re-award the road to a competent contractor pointing out that when completed, it would address the challenges of moving farm produce from Oke-Ogun area to Ibadan, the state capital.
Governor Makinde maintained that Oyo was ready for agribusiness to expand the state’s economy promising that the state was set to turn farm settlements around.
The Managing Director of Farmcrowdy, Kenneth Obiajulu said the company had been able to impact 25,000 farmers and worked in 14 states out of 36 Nigerian states, noting that it was launching the initiative as a partnership on agriculture to help Oyo state.
The Deputy Director-General of International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, IITA Partnership for Development, Mr. Kenton Dashiell expressed the readiness of the organisation to partner the state in developing its agricultural sector.
Mr. Dashiell assured that the institute would provide necessary technology to Farmcrowdy to multiply the yields particularly in crops such as maize, soya beans, cassava, banana, plantain, yam and beans.
Earlier, the Executive Assistant to Governor Makinde on agribusiness, Dr Debo Akande, stated that the state would explore the Public Private Development Partnership model to achieve its aim on agriculture.