Residents React To Akeredolu’s Promise On Rice Production
Rice farmers, marketers, consumers among others, have reacted to the promise made by governor Rotimi Akeredolu to make Ondo State self-sufficient in rice production.
Apparently pushed by the alarming sequence of hunger and anger across the state, Akeredolu came up with strategies that will make the state self-sufficient in rice production.
He unveiled the idea on Friday while playing host to the management of Sunshine Rice Mill, led by Mr. Akeem Alade at the Governor's office in Akure.
According to him, nothing will hinder this government's plan to put Ondo State in the league of mass rice producers.
"Come to me for necessary intervention, particularly on issues with CBN. If you have problem with the CBN, you should let us know for necessary support" he said.
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Reacting to the development, Mr. Bayo Olowokere, a farmer said if the governor can hold on to his promise, then Ondo state will be better for it.
"This is exactly what we need to hear at this period in our state. If only the governor can fulfill his promise, then I think there is better day ahead in the state" he said.
Another farmer, Julius Akinkuehin posited that Ondo state has the land mass and other natural resources to produce enough rice that can feed the entire nation, but lack of direction and selfishness by its government have turned it to a beggarly state.
"We have everything in this state that can throw us to the limelight. We have the land. We have a good weather condition and able body that are ready to drive the vision. All we need is capital resources and if the governor can provide it, we will definitely fly."
But in her own view, Ranti Adedunye, a rice supplier believes that the governor was merely trying to sound political.
"Until I see it, I don't think I can believe that. It is really a good idea but you never can trust all these politicians when they are making promises especially when election is at a close range.
"All these things should not ordinarily be a problem in Ondo State. If a state like Lagos which has no farmland can partner with Kebbi state that has land resources to produce tons of rice, then how much more is Ondo State which has the land and other resources?
"Until I see it, it is then I will know the governor is serious and ready for action" she concluded.
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