Ogun State is committed to economic development for its people and Agriculture is highlighted as a focal pillar in achieving this. His Excellency Prince (Dr.) Dapo Abiodun, MFR, has pledged to create an enabling environment for inclusive development of the agricultural sector in a bid to create jobs, ensure food security, and spread prosperity through the state.
To do this, Ogun State wants to focus on leveraging on the comparative advantages the state has and sets out a framework for action to address challenges of sustainable production that is private sector driven, adheres to climate smart and good environmental practices as well as inclusion of Small Holder Farmers. Ultimately our goal is to integrate the upstream and downstream activities through a value-chain approach by promoting strategic partnerships to stimulate investments that drive a collaborative and market-led agricultural transformation.
Ogun State Ministry of Agriculture is the organ of Government responsible for formulating policies on food and agriculture for the State and is to enhance self-sufficiency in food production, provide raw materials for agro-based industries, generate employment opportunities and obtain desirable levels of export in order to improve the country’s foreign exchange earnings.
Ogun State has 1.2million hectares of arable land which is 74% of the State’s total land area. Only 30% of this arable land or 35,000 hectares is under cultivation. The major crops grown or cultivated in the State include: Cassava, Rice, Maize, Oil-Palm, Cocoa, Rubber, Citrus, Cotton, Soya-Bean, Vegetable, Pine apple, Sugar-Cane, among others. Livestock and fish farming are strong and viable in the State.
To achieve self-sufficiency in food production, provide raw materials for agro-based industries, generate employment opportunities, improve the livelihood of the citizens and obtain desirable levels of export in order to improve food security, job and wealth creation and foreign exchange earnings.
- Formulating and implementing agricultural policies and programmes for Ogun State.
- Regulation of farm practice and certification of farm produce.
- Ensuring food safety and food security.
- Promotion of mechanized agriculture.
- Ensuring availability and provision of quality agricultural inputs
- Coordinating agricultural cooperative societies and commodity groups
- Promoting and managing Irrigation Schemes
- Delivery of agricultural research proven technologies to farmers for adoption through effective Extension Services
- Promoting the development of the Livestock and Fishery industries in the State.
Visit Ministry of Agriculture’s page on Ogun State website to learn more