We are ready to collaborate with NIHORT – Oyo Govt.

Oyo State Government says it is ready to partner with the National Horticultural Research Institute (NIHORT) in its agricultural revolution drive.

 The State Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr Ojemuyiwa Ojekunle, disclosed this while playing host to NIHORT Governing Board, led by its chairman, Major General Muhammad. Garba (Rtd) at his office in Ibadan.

Mr Ojekunle said the present administration was ready to explore all opportunities to foster mutual collaboration towards a successful Agriculture policy implementation in the state as NIHORT has always proffered solutions to agricultural issues as a research institution in the country

The commissioner said that the economy of Oyo State under the leadership of Governor Seyi Makinde placed a high priority on Agricultural development as a key strategy to industrialize the state’s economy while creating jobs for the unemployed and opening up the state to the rest of the world for critical investments.

The chairman of NIHORT Governing Board, Major General Muhammad Garba, who led the delegation of NIHORT board executives, said the visit was part of ways to seek mutual collaboration and cooperation towards successful implementation of Agricultural development in the state and by extension, Nigeria.

He said that the institute was committed to agricultural development in Nigeria which was the reason it went into partnership with all States of the federation.

Major General Muhammad Garba said President Buhari had consistently propagated agricultural development as an alternative to oil, and the Federal Government was working towards achieving the feat, adding that the agriculture agenda of Oyo State Government was in line with the mandate of the institute, which necessitated the visit.

Iyabo Adebisi

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