Government needs to Step Up Support for agriculture in the the country , according to the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of F.A Feedmills and Farms, Ijebu-Ode, Chief Fatai Adebayo Soewu.
Soewu noted the need for government to invest in the Agricultural Sector because of its capacity to help reduce unemployment rate in the country.
He also encourage youth to embrace the sector as most youth are running away from the Agricultural Sector, sighting the Important role of the sector in reducing unemployment rate.
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The farmer, who also sits aboard Aquabash Table Water, stated this while speaking with newsmen on how the country could grip on the abundant opportunities in agriculture sector to increase food production and to reduce unemployment.
Government Needs To Step Up Support for agriculture
Recalling his early life as a farmer, Otunba Soewu said he had started as a distributor of raw materials such as maize, sorghum,Ground nut cakes, soya beans meal, fish meal, bone meal, oyster shells among others for production of poultry feeds to the farmers within ijebu and Ogun state at large.
He noted that due to the growth of the business, he decided to set up a feed mill in 1998, and was buoyed further and set up a farm with particular interests in poultry, piggery and fishery.
Soewu said the farm which started with 18 workers in 1998 now has over 300 workers making their living from the farm, while also contributing their quota to the economic growth and the development of the country.
He further explained that, though he also ventured into other businesses such as oil and gas as well as production of bottled waters, but setting up of all these businesses were made possible and fully financed from proceeds and profits generated from his agricultural enterprise.
He said, despite graduating with a Upper Credit in Accountancy from The Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro which would have giving him an opportunity of being a professional in accounting field, he identified with farmers and grabbed the opportunity in agricultural sector and today he could be counted among the employers of labour in Nigeria.
He further stressed that he decided to share his personal story and experience to encourage unemployed youths in Nigeria urging them to embrace agriculture not to only boost food production but to reduce unemployment and also the poverty rate in Nigeria.
He said, this is why any government willing to reduce unemployment, eradicate poverty and also willing to boost food production can’t do without creating an enabling environment and give enormous supports to the farmers.
Mr soewu called on the government , to improve the standard in the Agricultural Sector.