No fewer than 70,000 youths in Ogun State are currently involved in crops and livestock production.
Also another 3,000 are ready to explore benefits in the dairy sub-sector.
The state governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, disclosed this at the Virtual Launch and Unveiling of the Centre for Nigerian Dutch Dairy Development in Nigeria, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary,Kunle Somorin.
Nigerian Dutch Dairy Development in Nigeria is a subsidiary of Friesland Campina WAMCO Nigeria Plc.
Abiodun noted that already the farmers in the state are part of the 9,000 workforce trained by WAMCO, the leading milk producer.
He said the state would partner with the company to explore opportunities in the diary sub-sector.
He said the State agricultural programmes were deliberately focused on youths, especially the farm entrepreneurs and smallholder farmers.
The governor added that the objective was to assist them leverage on opportunities in the agricultural sector, including animal husbandry and the dairy sub sector, through a well-coordinated value chain initiative.
He said his administration has continued to provide support to all its farmers, in terms of land, training, off-taking, credits and input, with its partners ensuring the sustainability of the projects and profitability of the markets.
He commended the Central Bank of Nigeria and all its partners for their commitment towards the continued growth of Agriculture and all other sectors of the state’s economy.
Prince Abiodun lauded WAMCO for its commitment to backward integration through cooperatives, partnerships, training and support that has produced over 9,000 dairy farmers, including 950 women across communities in the state.
He said his administration was committed to a viable Public-Private Partnership by attracting quality private investments from across the globe, through the provision of conducive atmosphere for existing businesses to grow and establishment of new ones.