Abeokuta - The Ogun Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Malaysia’s Ministry of Agriculture and Development Institute (MARDI) for development of paddy rice and cassava for ethanol production.
The state Commissioner for Agriculture, Ronke Sokefun, made this known at a press briefing in Abeokuta.
Sokefun said that she signed the MoU on behalf of the state government in Kualar Lumpur, Malaysia.
She said that the agreement covered training of farmers and research activities which would ensure food security and industrial revolution in the state and Nigeria in general.
The commissioner said that the MoU was a demonstration of the state government's determination to further improve agricultural production through the use of modern techniques.
"The state government has been unrelenting in agricultural development as it embarked on landmarks such as purchase of agricultural equipment and the establishment of a model farm estate.
She listed other agriculture project of the state to include rice farming, cassava multiplication, cultivation of 50 hectares of cashew plantation, 50 hectares cocoa plantation and Green House project for cultivation of tomatoes.
She urged all farmers and young agriculture graduates in the state to make the best use of the opportunity which the MoU would provide.
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