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Food security: Aiyedatiwa receives World Bank Mission team

The Governor of Ondo State, Lucky Aiyedatiwa has reiterated his administration’s commitment to policies that would ensure food security in the state.

The Governor made this known while playing host to a team of World Bank’s Livestock Productivity and Resiliemce Support (L-PRES) Project in Akure, the state capital.

Represented by his deputy, Dr Olayide Adelami, the Governor appreciated the team for the L-PRES project in the state, noting that the payment of sixty million naira counterpart fund upfront is a testament to his administration’s commitment to turn around agricultural sector of the state.

He charged the team to continue to put machinery in motion to ensure that the state does not lag behind, and benefit immensely from the project.

Aiyedatiwa added that apart from his administration’s subscription to the project, frantic efforts were being made to invest in other value chains not captured by the project, in order to give the state more gains of livestock production.

He added that his administration would make the state L-PRES a reference point to others by giving the necessary support to make the project succeed.

The World Bank’s Team Task Leader for the Project, Dr Manievel Sene, said the visit was part of the itinerary of the team who was on the third implementation support mission to selected subscribing states of the project on how the project could be properly implemented and accelerated.

He said the project is performance based and the review of the state’s performance in relation to onboarding to the project, indicated that it was still on course, and urged the governor to ensure that the project is supported to achieve its objectives.

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The National Project Coordinator of the Project, Dr Sanusi Abubakar, explained that the project objective is to improve production, commercialisation and resilience of target value chains and to strengthen the country’s capacity to respond to an eligible farmers-herders crises in the country.

He added that the project was conceived as one of the few intervention projects in livestock that seek to address systemic weaknesses and current challenges within the sector, aiming for the total liberation of the industry.

Commissioner for Agriculture and Forestry, Olayato Aribo, noted that the project will help the State economically, boost the State’s food security, create direct and indirect jobs.

The State Project Coordinator for the project, Mr Olufemi Adeogun, said the potential beneficiaries of the project in the state are poultry, pig, sheep & goat farmers as well as processors and marketers along the afore-mentioned value chains for the state.

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