Governor ‘Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has expressed confidence that the state will soon become the leading producer of soya beans in Nigeria. During a recent facility inspection tour to Amo Farms in Akinyele Local Government and Awe town in Afijio Local Government Area, the governor applauded the company’s efforts in promoting agribusiness and agriculture in the state despite the challenges posed by the unstable economy.
Highlighting the state’s current achievements in cassava and day-old chick productions, Governor Makinde emphasized his commitment to partnering with private investors through public-private partnership arrangements. This collaboration aims to drive economic development and provide mutual benefits for both the people and the government of Oyo State.
Governor Makinde remarked, “Individuals are doing a lot under very challenging circumstances. Our visit was aimed at understanding how the government can deliberately support their businesses and propel the state towards our desired position.”
He further stated, “Oyo State is currently the number one producer of cassava in Nigeria, and we aspire to achieve the same recognition in soya beans production. Additionally, we are leading in day-old chick production. However, we cannot accomplish our goals by leaving investors to shoulder the entire burden. We are determined to offer our support.”
Impressed by the world-class facilities at the farms, the governor pledged to continue encouraging private investors by providing well-maintained roads and incentives for business expansion. He also instructed the Akinyele Local Government to carry out palliative repairs on the road leading to the farm, with plans to include its complete rehabilitation in the 2024 budget.
Governor Makinde assured the investors of the government’s commitment to addressing power supply challenges, aiming to reduce production costs and enhance competitiveness for both the investment and the state.