The International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, Oyo State, has pledged to partner with the Osun State Government to achieve its agenda on food security.
IITA’s Director-General, Dr. Peter Hartmann, said this while exchanging views with Governor Rauf Aregbesola, who was at the institute on a fact-finding mission on ways to actualise the state’s agricultural scheme.
He stated that the institute’s vast knowledge in improved agricultural methods needed to be exploited by government and private investors to help reduce hunger and diseases in Nigeria and Africa as a whole.
Aregbesolatold the DG and other experts at the institute that his administration’s intention was to restore confidence into farmers and show them that government would no longer dump them to lose their investments.
The governor added that he does not intend to achieve food security for the state alone, but also generate employment for the teeming populace of the state, as well as wealth creation through agricultural revolution.
Expatiating on the administration’s policies on agriculture, the state team leader on planning and advisory, Dr. Charles Akinola, stressed that the state was also involved in creating a market place for the farm produce to help reduce wastage.