By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan.
Governor Abiola Ajimobi on Thursday hinted that Oyo state will soon become the largest producer of poultry products in West Africa.
The governor said this during a tour of a 24,000 Acres Agricultural firm, Globus Resources Limited, a subsidiary of Triton Group, at Gambari village, Oluyole local government area, Ibadan.
According to the governor, Oyo state is set to provide enabling environment for would be and existing investors in the state as the present administration in the state will continue to tap into the potentials in the agricultural sector.
“Oyo state is the largest producer of poultry products in the country and with the coming on board of Globus Resources, we might soon be the largest in West Africa. Our investment drive to the state is yielding more results and we are happy that investors see Oyo State as an investment destination of choice especially in the area of agriculture..
Emphasizing that Globus Resources, exemplifies the value chain vision the state has for agriculture, the governor said,”we will continue to provide the enabling environment for existing and would be investors. We are interested in Poultry, Aquaculture and Agriculture of Globus Resources and we will support the company to continue to grow”.
Speaking further, the governor stressed that the government will explore “how to amplify what the company is doing for the purpose of employment generation, wealth creation and development of the state, as well as will work with the company to make it a good example of Public Private Partnership.
He then urged the company to engage more citizens of the state, saying the government will consider all their genuine requests to the benefit of the citizens and the development of the state and see to the security challenges of the invasion of Fulani herdsmen.
Chief Operating Officer of Globus Resources Limited, Mr. Raji Samtani in his remark while lauding Governor Ajimobi for his vision to develop the state, said with the current expansion going on in the company,it will create jobs for 3,000 employees as against the present 450 on its payroll the company.
“We got possession of this land in July 2015 and our first production was in December of the same year. We currently target 500,000 birds, 15,000 cashew trees and 5,000 metric tonnes of fish per annum, adding that the company is targeting 15 million birds, 50,000 cashew trees and 60,000 metric tonnes of fish in the next five years.