The World Bank says Ondo state is one of the twelve States and Federal Capital Territory FCT listed to benefit from its USD 200 million Livestocks Productivity and Resilience Project.
The project with capacity to create at least 5000 direct new jobs is designed to improve livestock productivity, resilience and commercialization of selected value chains in order to strengthen the Country’s capacity to respond to crisis or emergency.
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Alhaji Sabo Nanono said the project was specifically designed to grow the Pig Poultry, Goat and Sheep production, increase human protein in takes and add more value to their production chains.
The Minister said the essence of their visit to the state was to familiarise all stakeholders technocrats, farmers and processors with the objectives of the project in order to ensure its huge success..
Earlier during a courtesy call on the Commissioner for Agriculture, Adegboyega Adefarati in his office the Minister who was represented by Mr Franklin Olonimoyo said Ondo state was selected as one of the twelve States and Federal Capital Territory FCT to benefit from the pilot edition of the project in Nigeria because of her outstanding performance in previous projects and human relationship with the World Bank and Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural development
While admonishing the Ministry to sustain the existing cordial relationship between her and the international organizations and donor agencies the team leaders said the state is at the threshold of attracting more projects that will change the landscape and that of life of her citizens for the better.
Responding, the Commissioner who attributed the selection of the state to the efforts of Governor Oluwaritimi Akeredolu in line with his passion to develop the agricultural sector of the state.
Adefarati said as a sign of the state’s irrevocable commitment to the success of these projects counterpart fund of L-ND amounting to N80 million had been paid while that of L- PRES has been included in the 2021 project.