By Modupe Gbadeyanka
A private firm known as Quinn McGrath Limited has acquired about 1900 hectares of land for commercial farming in Kwara State.
Chairman of the company, Mr Didi Ndiomu, during a courtesy visit to the Kwara State Governor, Mr Abdulfatah Ahmed, at the Government House in Ilorin on Tuesday, disclosed that the apart from boosting the state’s economy, the farm will create about 700 jobs for youths.
He told the Governor that his company had acquired 1000 hectares of land at Malete in Moro Local Government Area of the state and another 900 hectares of land in for animal husbandry.
Mr Ndiomu also disclosed the company’s intention to set up a feed mill plant in the state and therefore, solicited the government’s support to ensure the success of the business.
In his remarks, Governor Ahmed said his administration was ready to partner with private investors to drive agriculture business in the state.
He noted that the government is bringing an innovation to agric business through its Off-Takers Demand Driven Agriculture (ODDA) scheme.
Mr Ahmed explained that his administration was poised to pursue the scheme with vigour to ensure that agriculture enjoys the attention it deserves.
He expressed delight with the level of participation by youths and women in the State who have oversubscribed the 2500 hectares of land made available under the Off Taker Demand Driven Agriculture scheme.
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