Everything You Need To Know About “AgricOyo” As It Launches Today
1. WHAT IT IS
AgricOyo is an all-encompassing agricultural programme conceived by the Governor of Oyo State, His Excellency, Senator Abiola Ajimobi in his administration’s efforts to diversify the economy of the State by urgently transforming agriculture into a preferred and sustainable economic activity for the state and a significant majority of its citizens.
Job creation, Poverty alleviation and Food Security through massive engagement of the human and material resources of the government and citizens of Oyo State all through the agricultural value chain
Positioning Oyo State as the food basket of Southern Nigeria with the ultimate aim of servicing the food needs of the West African sub-region.
3. THE STAKEHOLDER POPULATION
The programme provides a level-playing ground for all categories of individuals and organizations across state and national boundaries to participate in developing agriculture in Oyo State. From the Unemployed, the Youth, Women and Men, Students and Farmers to Manufacturers, Universities, Research Institutes, Financial Institutions, Investors, Corporations, Governments, Non-Governmental Organizations, Donor Agencies and all others involved in the agricultural value chain.
4. THE BENEFITS ON OFFER
- * Partnering with a very enthusiastic Governor Abiola Ajimobi who is irrevocably and personally committed to transforming Agriculture into the net employer of labour in Oyo State
- * A largely urbanised state that is endowed with the largest amount of arable land in the South of Nigeria.
- * A vast market about to be opened up and driven by some of the most competitive and business-friendly agrarian policies ever.
- * A business environment with the right mix of the market forces of demand and supply e.g a huge population, with highly educated manpower, established with considerable infrastructural and socio-economic competences, etc.
- * A market with the highest concentration of agro-allied research and tertiary institutions in Nigeria
- * The assurance of focused government support and mediation across the agricultural value chain – from planting, processing to marketing.
- * An invitation to come ‘Land In Wealth’!
The main concern of this program is perhaps its SUSTAINABILITY.
i. To mitigate this concern, an integrative all-stakeholders engagement strategy is being employed all through the design, planning and implementation stages.
ii. A Coordinating Committee has been constituted comprising all relevant ministries, departments and agencies of Government; professionals in policy, investment & finance, legal, security, media and ICT to plan and implement the programme.
iii. A series of consultative assemblies have already been hosted by the Governor where he briefed the various stakeholders (Structured and Unstructured), on the objectives and benefits of the programme with a view to soliciting their respective contributions, cooperation and collaboration.
The Structured Stakeholders include:
- – Corporate Companies
- – Research Institutes
- – Financial Institutions
- – Agricultural Insurance Companies
- – Federal Government Agencies
- – Big, Medium and Small Farms
- – Agro-Input Companies and Dealers
- – Fabricators
- – Agricultural Commodities Associations
- – Potential investors
The Unstructured Stakeholders are:
- – Traditional Rulers, (Obas and Chiefs).
- – Religious Leaders.
- – The Caretakers Chairmen of the 33LGAs.
These consultative assemblies and town hall meetings are ongoing with a view to accommodating varied inputs towards the development and implementation of a blue print for the programme. This is to enable stakeholder ownership and to ensure sustainability and continuity even after Senator Abiola Ajimobi’s tenure.
6. THE MODEL
Private Public PartnershipPilot (Government Funded)
NB. A private-sector oriented Programme Manager reporting to an independent Board of OYSAI would be employed to drive it to ensure the needed sustainability.
7. PROGRAMME PHASES:
AGRIC COMMODITIES SELECTED BASED ON COMPARATIVE ADVANTAGE
PHASE 1: 2016/2017
- – Maize
- – Cassava
- – Vegetables (Leafy and Fruit)
- – Rice
- – Soybean
- – Poultry
- – Fisheries
- – Cocoa Seedling Production
PHASE 2: 2017-2019
- • Cocoa
- • Cashew
- • Citrus
- • OilPalm
- • Plantain/Banana
- • Forest Trees
- • Apiary
- • Cattle/Dairy
8. PARTICIPANTS REGISTRATION
On-line registration of interest participants will be carried out, while Local Government Councils Desk Offices would be opened as registration centers to ensure that the rural and other non IT-compliant participants are not excluded.
9. PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES
- – Capacity Building
- – Lead Farmers Approach where successful farm owners in the State like Psaltery, NIJI Groups, etc. would engage the participants and serve as role models.
- – Improved Seeds and Seedlings from reputable research Institutes like IITA, IAR&T, NIHORT, NAGRAB, NCRI, etc.
- – Mechanised and semi-mechanised agriculture coupled with Good Agronomic Practices(GAP)
- – Provision of Irrigation Facilities to forestall adverse effects of climate change
- – Engagement of at least 1million people directly or indirectly in phases of 100,000 for the next 10 years.
- – Market-driven Production
- – Food Security and Household Nutrition
- – Quality Control and Regulation to ensure Food Safety.
- – Industrial Revolution
- – Resuscitated economy and quality living standard.
- – Knowledge-based Agricultural Development
The Official launching is today April 25,2016 at Paago, Iseyin, Oyo State.
Source: Oyo State Goverment Media Team