The Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, has urged all social societies, clubs and council of Chiefs in Egbaland, to develop strategies to utilise the huge export potentials in agricultural products common in the area.
The monarch gave the directive in his closing remarks at the Seminar tagged “Self reliance through agriculture for a secured future” held at Centenary Hall, Abeokuta on Wednesday, in continuation of the week-long Globacom sponsored 2017 Lisabi Festival.
Oba Gbadebo said Nigeria should produce her food to reduce her dependence on some foreign food items, adding that products like black soap, coconut oil, shea butter, livestock and plantain chips were lucrative agro businesses that could be profitably invested in.
Other speakers at the seminar called on households to be involved in livestock, fisheries, horticulture and food crop production, noting that home backyards should be utilised for agricultural purposes.
The panelists who lauded the partnership between Lagos and Kebbi State governments which led to the Lake rice initiative, advised other states to emulate such partnership in order to harness Nigeria’s vast arable and fertile land to feed ourselves.
The panelists included Animal Scientist, Dr. Olukemi Adenusi, Prof. Lukman Aderibigbe, Prof. Funmilayo Adebambo and a Director in Ogun State Ministry of Agriculture, Mr. A.O. Ajayi, while the Ogun Area Manager, Globacom, Mr. Femi Iwalaye; represented the company at the event.