Gov. Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara has attributed Nigeria economic setback to the inability of past governments to formulate the right policies to transform agriculture.
Ahmed made this known in Ilorin on Saturday when he received a team of Agricultural Extension Services Transformation officers on tour of the state.
Represented by the Secretary to the Government, Alhaji Isiaka Gold, Ahmed urged the Federal Government to match its transformation agenda with the right policy for the agricultural sector.
According to him, agriculture remains a major priority of the State Government as it provides jobs for the youths willing to embrace commercial agriculture.
Ahmed noted that four millions of tonnes of crops were been harvested from the state commercial agricultural programme annually.
He said that commercial agriculture create employment opportunity for youths as well as enhance the state economic base.
The governor assured the team of the State government’s support to transform agriculture in Nigeria and improve food production.
Earlier, the team leader, Chief Olochi Edache, said they were in Ilorin to sensitise stakeholders in the sector on transformation agenda of the President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration in the sector.
Edache commended the existing relationship the farmers in Kwara and the extension workers.
He noted that the importance of extension workers in the development of a viable agricultural programme cannot be over-emphasised.