The Ogun State Ministry of Agriculture has assured that self-sufficiency in food production as well as food security in the year 2015 will form the major thrust of its activities.
Towards this end, the Ministry is set to stimulate increase in the production of both plant and animal origin through the cultivation of farmlands and has therefore proposed the sum of N4.690bn as total expenditure for next year.
The Commissioner in the Ministry, Mrs. Ronke Sokefun said this while defending year 2015 budget before the State House of Assembly Committee on Finance and Appropriation at the Assembly Complex, Oke – Mosan Abeokuta.
Sokefun said the capital project in 2015 would gulp N4bn, while N690m had been earmarked for recurrent expenditure with a sum of N350m as revenue target for the next fiscal year.
She noted that on capital project to be executed next year, N11.9m would be expended on purchase of agriculture equipment, just as another N108m was set aside for production of farm seedlings.
On its part, the Ogun State Agriculture Development Corporation said it proposed the sum of N181m as its total budget for 2015, of the amount, N122m was meant for capital projects, while N59m would go for recurrent expenditure. The agency put forward revenue target of N175m for the next fiscal year.