By Gabriel Ewepu
IJEBU-ODE—THE Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri has said the Federal Government has identified Ogun State as one of its key partners to grow the fisheries industry.
Lokpobiri said this when he commissioned four projects built by his ministry in Eriwe, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, noted that government was particularly interested in Ogun State because, “If agriculture succeeds in Ogun, agriculture has succeeded in Nigeria.”
The four projects commissioned were feed mill, cold room, fish market and the processing unit in Eriwe fishing farm estate.
The minister said a lot yet to be done, “Because our national demand is about 3.5 million metric tonnes and we are producing only about 1.1 million metric tonnes, which means that we are only producing about one-third of our national demand.
“The uniqueness and success of the fish farming project are that it is a community-based initiative targeted at lifting the people of the community out of poverty.”
He disclosed that apart from government’s commitment to the Eriwe fish farm project, other areas of agricultural development was ongoing in Ogun State including construction of rural roads to enable easy evacuation of farm produce.