Banana Export Project in Ekiti on course — Olumilua

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Ekiti State Commissioner for Investment, Trade and Industry, Aare
Muyiwa Olumilua has restated the commitment of the Dr Kayode
Fayemi-led administration to exploiting the opportunities in banana
export as a means of boosting the economy of the State.

Speaking in Abuja at the technical meeting of the National Committee
on Export Promotion, the Commissioner said the State government is
passionate in making the agriculture sector the mainstay of the
State’s economy.

Olumilua, who disclosed that thousands of farmers in the State are
into banana plantation, informed the National Export Promotion Council
(NEPC) of the various steps taken by the state government to ensure
that the single crop export vision of the administration is
actualized.

The Commissioner who said that his Ministry had held a stakeholders
sensitization meeting on the project, stressed that the State
government had cleared about 5,000 hectares of land for farming, and
has facilitated the establishment of the NEPC office in the State,
with a view to eliminating the stress of going to Akure before
exporters can assess the support of the council.

Olumilua also disclosed that the State government would ease the
transportation of farm produce from the farms to market centers by
embarking on the construction of 1000km of rural roads (RAAMP) across
the State.

He added that the government is also providing various tax incentives
as well as proactive security architecture, to guarantee safety of
lives and property.

“With the proactive measures put in place by the State government,
Ekiti has no business with poverty anymore. It is a known fact the
State is landlocked, and has virtually no prospect in oil production.
The State however, from time immemorial, has always been very rich in
agriculture, and the intention of government to make poverty a thing
of history in the State has become more emboldened with the massive
opportunities dotting the landscape becoming clearer. The current
partnership would in fact, further develop the economy of the State”,
Olumilua said.

The Executive Director of the Council, Mr. Segun Awolowo, commended
the resolve of the state government to exploit the
One-State-One-Product (OSOP) initiative; adding that this was a
demonstration of the commitment of the Fayemi-led administration to
developing the agriculture sector.

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