Kogi targets 10,000 cooperative societies for agricultural revolution
The Kogi Government says it will set up 10,000 cooperative societies to drive its agricultural revolution programmes in the State.
Mr Adoga Ibrahim, The Special Adviser to the Governor on Multilateral Donor Agencies and Special Projects/Focal Person on Social Investment Programme, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Lokoja on Thursday.
Ibrahim told NAN that the state expected 10,000 cooperative societies to have about 150,000 members projected to shoot up to one million within the next three years.
“The idea is to rush to move our people to an entrepreneur mode, and we are currently having the support of the Bank of Industry (BOI), to make this a reality.
“We are expecting an agricultural revolution in Kogi, and that is why Gov. Yahaya Bello has taken it upon himself to supervise the agriculture ministry.
“The marching order from the governor is that we should move Kogi from the perception of civil service state to an entrepreneur state”, Ibrahim said.
He added that cash flow would help the people to develop their own small scale trades and agribusiness, while government would support in the areas of mechanised farming and provision of food processing plants.
“Kogi state is strategically placed to be the commercial and agricultural hub for Nigeria because it is bordered by 10 states, including FCT.
“This is what gives us the comparative advantage for business growth and we intend to galvanise our people toward that end”, he said.
He, therefore, urged the people to have faith in the present administration and join hands in working towards changing the fortune of the state.
NAN reports that Kogi Ministry of Agriculture organised a stakeholders meeting on Tuesday to brainstorm on how to harness the numerous agricultural resources available in the State.