Ondo State Deputy Governor, Mr Lucky Ayedatiwa addressing participants at the event
The Federal government says it has commenced the process of establishing ten large scale integrated rice mills as part of efforts to boost food production in the country.
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Mohammad Abubakar stated this at the maiden edition of international Agriculture show and food fair holding in Akure, the Ondo state capital.
Represented by the Southwest Zonal Director of the Ministry, Mrs Abimbola Oguntunyi, the Minister said when completed, the Rice Mills with combined minimum capacity of 320 metric tonnes per day, would enhance rice production.
Dr Abubarka pointed out that Nigeria was currently the largest producer of rice in Africa with production of over nine million metric tons since 2019.
He also expressed the readiness of the Federal Government to revive the agriculture sector, hence the bilateral agreement with Brazil geared towards improving mechanized agriculture to address food security.
Declaring the food fair open, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, represented by his deputy, Mr Lucky Ayedatiwa commended the Ondo State Agricultural Commodities Association, OSACA, for all their activities in the state which had helped the state to achieve a lot in the sector.
Governor Akeredolu expressed readiness to support willing investors to harness the potential in Ondo state.
In a remark, the chairman of OSACA, Mr Oluwagbemiga Obawoya said the food fair was initiated to encourage farmers from across the country.
Mr Obawoya called on the state government to address the bad roads being the major challenge facing farmers in Ondo state.
Reporting by Kayode Animasaun; editing by Adeniyi Bakare