Ogun State Ministry of Agriculture is the organ of Government responsible for formulating policies on food and agriculture for the State. The Ministry under the administration of His Excellency, Senator Ibikunle Amosun CON, FCA is committed to playing his part in developing agriculture in line with the Federal Government’s Agricultural Promotion Policy (2016-2020).
The ministry 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.
BRIEF ON THE MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE
The Ogun State Ministry of Agriculture evolved from the defunct Western State Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources when the State was created in February, 1976.
The Ministry has passed through a lot of metamorphosis in terms of nomenclature and structure. From the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources in 1976, it was renamed Ministry of agriculture and Water Resources with Forestry and Fisheries Departments excised from the main Agricultural sector. In 1981, the nomenclature was changed to Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) when Forestry and Fisheries Departments were brought back to the main Ministry.
In 1999, the name changed to Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry; the name it assumed until August 2004 when the Forestry Department of the Ministry was made a full-fledged Ministry of Forestry while the remaining were retained in the present Ministry of Agriculture.
OBJECTIVES OF THE MINISTRY
- To stimulate increase in production of food, both plant and animal origin.
- To generate employment opportunities in Agriculture through the development of small, medium and large scale farms and farming enterprises.
- To ensure adequate production and supply of raw materials to agro-based industries
- To promote integrated rural development in conjunction with other relevant government agencies in order to improve the quality of life of the rural dwellers.
- To create an enabling environment for public/private involvement in Agriculture
- To promote Agricultural value-chain.
Visit Ministry of Agriculture’s page on Ogun State website to learn more