By Boluwaji Obahopo
LOKOJA—The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, is among the dignitaries at Kogi State’s maiden agric summit in Lokoja, the state’s capital, which began yesterday.
Ogbeh is expected to make a presentation on It is Agriculture’s Time to Shine, during the summit which has Agriculture: Investment Opportunities as its theme.
The event, which is being organised by the state government through the Agricultural Development Project, ADP, is aimed at bringing together stakeholders in the agricultural sector to deliberate on how to harness the abundant agricultural opportunities within the state.
Kogi ADP Managing Director, Mr. Oyisi Okatahi, who disclosed this yesterday in Lokoja, said the summit, declared open by Governor Yahaya Bello, will also witness the launch of Fair Agric Project, FAP.
He said: “FAP is part of the agricultural initiative of the state government to create agricultural villages or settlements, where farmers and all those in the value chain will specialise in the production, processing and sales of one crop to help carve a niche for themselves.”
“The deliverables of the summit is to create jobs within the state, especially for youths and women, boost income generation and trade balance, bring in local and foreign investment opportunities, open up cluster farming centres across the state and ultimately to create wealth for the teeming population of the state.”