DAWN meets S’West agric commissioners over food security

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Olufemi Olaniyi, Ibadan

The Development Agenda for Western Nigeria has held a meeting with commissioners for agriculture and special advisers on agriculture to governors in the South-West on how to ensure food security in the region in the face of food blockage from the North.

According to a communique on Tuesday, the virtual meeting discussed how the region would be self sufficient and tackle all problems confronting it concerns food production.

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Commissioners for Agriculture from Ekiti  and Osun states, Mr Adedayo Adewole and Mr Olabode Adetoyi; Special Advisers to governors of Ondo and Oyo states,  Akinola Olotu and Dr Debo Akande, as well as  Mr Jide  Arowosafe and Mr Gbenga Osobu of Southwest Agricultural Company (SWAgCO) were among participant at the virtual meeting.

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The states also agreed that dams in the region should be put to good use so that farming would move away from depending on rain to irrigation which would enable fathers to produce food crops all year round.

The states also resolved “to strengthen the Amotekun Corps in order to confront the renewed onslaught on our farmers working in junction with the existing security agencies.”

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