By Olasunkanmi Akoni
As part of its sustained determination to boost food production in Ondo State, the state government has concluded arrangements for the commencement of operations at the newly_resuscitated Perfect Integrated Food Industry at Arigidi_Akoko in Akoko North West Area of the state.
The industry, before now has been in comatose for more than 25 years ago following down turn in its fortunes.
Speaking at a training programme for tomato out_growers at Arigidi_Akoko, Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo state expressed confidence in the sustainability of the company through the massive production of tomato as the main raw materials for the company.
The governor noted that the company would create job opportunities for the teeming job_seeking youths saying that the main attraction of his administration is the ability to create jobs and enhance capacity building for the people to survive.
He therefore, charged the participants to see the training as part of self empowerment, adding that their contributions would go a long way in sustaining the new Industry.
Earlier in his address, the chairman of company who is also the state Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Yele Ogundipe, disclosed that about 500 hectares of land suitable for the production of tomatoes would be cultivated while more than 200 hectares have already been cleared in preparation for the take off of the scheme.
Ogundipe assured the farmers that the scheme would acquaint them with new skills,Â Improve their income and provide them access to credit facilities as well as other farm inputs.
While stressing the importance of food security to the survival of a nation and the people, Ogundipe assured that the company would assist in addressing the problem of food insecurity in the state and the country.
Also, the Managing Director of Afric Fruit Limited, Mr. Reuven Cohen commended the seriousness attached to the resuscitation of the company by the state government which had been moribund for more than fifteen years.