Edo targets 80,000 agricultural jobs in 2017

By Tony Ehighiale, Benin City

Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has inaugurated a nine-man committee headed by Chief Osaro Idah to kick start his administration’s agricultural empowerment programme.

Governor Obaseki expressed optimism that the agricultural empowerment programme will generate between 50,000 to 80,000 jobs.

Obaseki explained that the committee was constituted to ensure that his administration begins some of its agricultural activities before the next cropping season.

He listed four key areas the empowerment programme would focus on to include 5,000 hectares of maize, 10 000 hectares of green house for vegetables and tomatoes, 4000 hectares of piggery as well as provide support to 3000 cocoa farmers to improve their yields for this season

According to the governor, “This is an advocacy committee which we expect to kick start the agriculture mandate as contained in my electioneering campaign. We will soon constitute a full committee to look holistically at our agricultural initiative.

“We cannot wait given that we are in a race against time. We want to ensure that we begin some of our agricultural activities before the next cropping season. We want this committee to help government think through very quickly , identity specific project we must begin to implement immediately. We have three months of dry season to make all the preparation required before the rains come in.”

Responding, Chief Idah, said the committee would not fail in its mandate.

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