By Fatima Muraina
Ondo state Governor, Arakunrin Odunayo Akeredolu has said that the State International Agric Show and Food Fair, Akure ( OSIAFFA) 2021 will revolutionize the agricultural sector urging corporate entities for partnership and sponsorship.
Akeredolu spoke while playing host to members of the state Agricultural Commodities Association, OSACA, and the national leadership of Palm Produce Association of Nigeria at the weekend.
He noted that the programme which will hold between November 23-26 will also help in boosting the agricultural base of the state.
He applauded OSACA for what he described as a laudable initiative.
The chairman of OSACA, Mr. Gbenga Obaweya, noted that the fair would be expecting 5, 000 people and a global audience of about 10, 000 on virtual platform.
He described the Governor as a God appointed defender of Ondo farmers, applauding him for his efforts in protecting farmers.
He disclosed that the state farmers have recorded an increase in tomatoes and onions plantations, stating that the State is set for agricultural revolution coupled with the OSIAFFA initiative.
In a similar development, the Governor had also adopted the OSACA agricultural information hub declaring that henceforth, anyone involved in Agro allied businesses in the state must be registered on the state Agric Information hub which is being anchored by the Ondo State Agricultural Commodities’ Association in conjunction with the Ondo state Ministry of Agriculture.
According to Obaweya, the Agric Information Hub has become a prerequisite for anyone doing business with government in the Agric sector.
“The Agric Information Hub is expected among other things, to capture all agro allied businesses in the state with a view to aligning those operating in the agric sector most especially those that have dealings with the government”, he said.
The National President of National Palm Produce Association, Amb. Alphonsos Iyang in his remarks, appreciated the Governor for releasing 10,000 hectares of land for the cultivation of palm oil which he observed will scale up palm production in the state.
Earlier, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Agric and AgricBusiness, Mr. Akin Olotu who reeled out the achievements of the Akeredolu-led administration in the agricultural sector, described him as being committed and passionate about food security in the state and the nation at large.