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Agro-Allied Sector Can Employ Two Million People If Properly Funded

Posted: May 20, 2015 at 12:07 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

National Coordinator of the Agro-Allied Cooperative Society, Prof. Victoria Adesuyi Aladejobi, has said that the agro allied industries in the country are capable of employing over two million women and youths yearly if properly funded by the federal and state government and managed by the individuals entrusted with the funds.

She explained that the agro-allied industries encompass production, processing and marketing agricultural produce, adding that the country could achieve food security and grow the nation’s economy as agriculture was the main economic base of developing nations.

Aladejobi said this while was speaking at the inauguration of the Delta State chapter of Agro Allied Cooperative Society at the Delta State Event and Convention Centre, Asaba, the Delta State capital.

She encouraged the Delta State members of the cooperative to remain resolute in their determination to make needed breakthrough in their endeavours, noting that the federal government through the Central Bank of Nigeria was set to release funds for all agro allied cooperatives in the country to boost agricultural production.

Delta State Coordinator of the scheme, Mrs. Lucy Ikediashi, told the participants that the society plans to access soft loan from the federal government and make it available to farmers as part of needed incentives to grow their business and make success in their farming activities.

She said the society was in partnership with the federal and state governments and banks to ensure that farmers benefitted from the agricultural financing scheme as part of government efforts at diversifying the economy and drive food security for Nigerians.

She acknowledged the role and impact of agro-allied business in Nigeria, just as she said agriculture was part of the new administration’s drive in employment generation, food security and poverty reduction as well as drive the inclusive growth in the nation’s economy.

She called on members of the society to continue to interact with relevant stakeholders so as to unlock the abundant resources and agricultural opportunities in the state.