21 November 2012

Nigeria: 'Flood in Kogi a Blessing in Disguise'


Kogi State Commissioner for Agriculture Dr Olufemi Bolarin said the state is strategizing for better outing on improved agricultural production.

How did the flood affect farming in your state?

You know my state is the meeting place of River Niger and River Benue. So, the situation is really terrible. And you probably heard when the honourable minister said he had sympathy for my state.

Do you have any hope of meeting up all the plans the minister has made known?

Yes, the recovery plans are in place. We've said that this flood itself may eventually be a blessing in disguise because expectedly, Kogi State has now gone back to the drawing board because we have put in place an accelerated food production plan in addition to the Federal Government's flood recovery plan.

Can you highlight the food production programme that you have put in place?

For example, on soya beans Kogi State government, with assistance from the UNDP, is putting about 60 hectares of land in every local government under cultivation this year as part of agricultural transformation agenda.

We have 21 local governments. Also, we have embarked on aggressive fish production system whereby we have about 100 ponds on a road where we want to establish an eco-tourism centre which we call fish village in Kogi State.

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