By Michael Adesanya/Abeokuta
The proposed collaboration between the Ogun State Government and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), towards expansion of Oil-Palm cultivation will enhance youth employment, as well as create other opportunities.
Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Adeola Odedina made this submission during an inspection tour, in company of delegates from Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), to Lomiro Oil Palm Plantation in Ogun Waterside Local Government Area of the State.
He said the joint venture would further boost oil palm production, as interested farmers can venture into any aspect of oil production.
“Oil palm value chain is very wide and vital. That is why CBN has come to help in Ogun because we want this place to be a model for individuals and organisations. We also want our youths to establish oil palm estates such as this,” he said. .
“We are looking at ways of boosting oil palm production in the State. This is a huge employment generation venture, the value chain for employment generation is very high, it is one of the things we are going to be using in Ogun as value chain opportunities”.
Odedina thanked the General Manager of the Ogun State Agricultural Corporation, (ADC), Mr. Femi Soremekun and the Estate Manager, Mr. Ganiyu Omitogun, for their foresight in replanting more palm trees as replacements of diminishing ones, as well as raising seedlings for healthy nursery.
In her remarks, Head, Development Finance, CBN, Abeokuta Branch, Dr. (Mrs.) Oluyemisi Olukoya, expressed satisfaction at the various stages of operations of the Plantation, saying the apex bank was ready to make oil Palm a flourishing business in Ogun State, through rehabilitation, replication and expansion.
“We are particularly impressed because we can see the entire Oil Palm value chain being well established and on ground in this estate, right from nursery, production, marketing, as well as processing. We are also looking at its suitability for investment in the Oil Palm development initiative of the CBN, because it is one of our focal commodities”, she said.
Lomiro Oil Palm Plantation, established in 1957, is seated on 1,462 hectares of land with an average production capacity of 3,000 litres of palm oil per day with over 200 staff.