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Ogun to partner CBN to create 14,000 jobs on cotton cultivation

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Segun Ayinde, Abeokuta.

Ogun State Government has concluded plans to partner with the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, to create over 14,000 new jobs in the cotton production sector.

The state has equally acquired 4,500 hectares of land for increased production of cotton in the state.

Governor Dapo Abiodun disclosed this on Tuesday at the cotton farm land located at Aworo-Pedepo in Yewa North Local Government Area of the State.

Abiodun said that his administration could boost production of cotton to revive the textile industry with the provision of 14500 hectares of land.

According to him, the state had also entered into synergy with Prime Anchor to link cotton producers to the industrial processes, especially the Joint Cotton Growers Association of Nigeria and Gateway Cotton processing Limited, in which Ogun owns 20% share.

The governor said that 18 new tractors had been deployed by the Anchor to facilitate the project adding that farmers and youths who registered on the Ogun State Job Portal would benefit from the  job opportunities in cotton value chain.

He said: “Ogun State Agricultural Development Programme (OGADEP) will also provide free extension services for the beneficiaries to ensure high productivity”. 

“The 14,500 hectare farmland being cultivated for cotton production is to link farmers and youths who registered on the Ogun State Job Portal for job opportunities in cotton value chain,” he added.

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