Kogi State government is ready to open up rural feeder roads to boost agricultural production and easy evacuation of farm produce to the markets, within and around the state.
Acting Commissioner of Agriculture and Special Adviser, SA, to the governor on Agriculture and Water Resources, David Apeh, disclosed this on Friday in Lokoja.
He said that most agricultural products were meant to serve as food and raw materials for local and international industries but the resources invested in producing them would amount to a waste when they fail to get to the desired market.
“In Ibaji Local Government, we produce cassava and rice and people come from Enugu, Edo, Delta and other states to buy the rice, mill and label or brand them as Adani rice whereas it is Ibaji rice.
“But we cannot blame them. We produce in large quantities and we cannot get them out to markets in our own state because there are no roads to bring them out. We eat, sell the little we can and the rest is wasted”, he said.
He regretted that cassava production in several areas of Kogi State suffered same fate as Ibaji rice because of lack of access roads to the market.
Apeh noted that a lot of farmers in the state produce cassava and sell them out at very cheap price, saying that lack of market for the produce had often discouraged farmers and even youths from engaging in commercial farming.
“One of the areas the government is seriously looking at is opening up of rural roads for agricultural products to come out,” he said.
He revealed that the state was in collaboration with some Non-Government Organisations, NGOs, on specific areas of the state economy to attract genuine investors and international donors that could assist the state.

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