As part of efforts at achieving his government’s set goals in the agricultural sector and ensuring food security, the Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has launched MITROS (Mission To Rebuild Ogun State) Ofada Rice in large quantities promising that it will be affordable.
Governor Amosun who disclosed this while speaking at the occasion held at Abeokuta said the rice would be ready for sale during the festive period in all the Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas of the State at affordable prices.
Amosun added that his government would continue to partner with other state governments and private partners, as the state would not only be known as the industrial hub of the country but also the agricultural hub, adding that steps were being taken to restore the cultural heritage the State was known for in the production of the famous Ofada Rice.
Amosun said, “We have established three processing mills in each Senatorial District of the State such as; Sawonjo in Ogun West, Asero in Ogun Central and Ijebu North East in Ogun East aimed at ensuring easy access to processing mills by our local farmers towards promoting quality assurance of the product.”
Chairman, Presidential Task Force on Agricultural Commodities and Production, Governor of Kebbi State, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, while unveiling the product, commended the efforts of the State Government for keying into the Federal Government’s food security initiatives.
He said Nigeria has the ability to produce rice in large quantity just as it had achieved so much in oil production, the country would save a lot if the people eat what they produce, saying they could also stay healthy if they eat natural food without chemical preservatives.
Speaking, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, expressed delight at the giant stride recorded by Ogun State Government in the production of special rice aimed at making food available for its people, assuring that his agency would continue to support the sector to further guarantee job creation and enhance the economic growth of the state and country at large.
He noted that the CBN would provide credit facility to farmers at five percent interest as part of Federal Government’s efforts to increase food production and self-sufficiency in the country, adding that such moves would empower farmers to produce more food, provide jobs for youths, encourage economic growth and conserve foreign exchange.
In their separate remarks, the Olu and Paramount ruler of Yewaland, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, the Alake and Paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, and the Akarigbo of Remoland, Oba Babatunde Ajayi unanimously commended the present government in the State for launching and commissioning the first pyramid of rice in South West Nigeria, praying that many more successes be recorded before the end of the administration.
In her welcome address, the Commissioner for Agriculture, Mrs. Adepeju Adebajo said the MITROS Rice was born out of the vision of the present administration in Ogun State towards ensuring food sufficiency.