By DAYO JOHNSON
N200 million has been budgeted for the establishment of cottage industries in the 18 local government areas of the Ondo State as parts of the efforts to reduce unemployment and bring development to the local communities.
Already, the state government has perfected plans to establish nine of such industries.
Commissioner for Community Development and Cooperative Services, Chief Clement Faboyede, said the industries be sited in the nine federal constituencies of the state.
The industries would include, Wood Processing Factory, Clay Industry, Palm-Oil Processing Factories, Cassava, Yam Flour, Orange Juice, Locus Beans and Stone polishing industries.
Faboyede pointed out that the communities in the state would be divided into groups and made to use the raw materials available to produce items to be sold to local and national markets.
For phase one, the commissioner said there would be nine cluster communities and would be made to use the raw materials that abound in these areas to start the cottage industries as a pilot scheme, saying it would be extended to other areas.
The commissioner said that the Clay Processing Factory would be sited in Ibule while, Wood Processing Factory would be sited in Igbara-Oke in Ifedore local government area of the state.
According to him, aside from creating jobs for unemployed youths in the rural communities adding that the gesture would check rural urban drift and bring development closer to the over 400 rural communities in the state.