Governor Olusegun Mimiko has solicited further partnership of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in the massive engagement of youths in modern agriculture.
He made the request while playing host to IFAD President, Dr Kanayo Nwanze at the Government House AkureHe reiterated his administration’s decision to establish Agricultural villages in the three senatorial districts of the state with modern equipment and conducive accommodation, in order to make farming more attractive and profitable.
He further solicited the technical expertise and support of IFAD and other relevant organisations , with a view to boosting agriculture as a means of poverty alleviation and employment generation in the state.
Mimiko explained that over 600 community based projects had been executed by his administration through its 3is initiative, with more than 2000 youths already trained as community change champions to oversee the use of the projects.
He congratulated Dr Nwanze, a Nigerian , on his re-election as President of the world body and said that Nigeria is blessed with excellent brains who should be celebrated by all Nigerians.
Dr kanayo Nwanze noted that 27 communities in nine local governments in the state have benefited from IFAD’s community based natural resources programme, noting that another programme had been designed with Ondo State listed as one of the beneficiaries in the country.