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Ogun to allocate land to rubber farmers

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OGUN State Commissioner for Industry, Trade and Investment, Kikelomo Longe, has said the government was willing to allocate land to genuine stakeholders involved in the cultivation, processing and marketing of rubber in order to boost the commodity’s value chain.

Longe gave the assurance while meeting members of the National Rubber Producers, Processors and Marketers Association of Nigeria, Ogun State Branch, who paid her a courtesy visit in Abeokuta.

According to Longe, the present administration is determined to revive the ailing rubber sector as products made from rubber are considered more environmentally friendly than plastics.

“Despite an increase in demand for the state’s arable land from local and foreign investors, the government was willing to support the development of the rubber value chain by allocating land to stakeholders with convincing plans which would benefit the state.

I am excited at the prospects that rubber has to offer us in Ogun State. Governor Dapo Abiodun has indicated that rubber is a cash crop that has potential to be a game changer for us in Ogun State. On a daily basis we get requests from investors looking for land to site their business in the state. So your proposal must be convincing. In partnering with NARPPMAN, we must be sure the interest of the state is well protected,” Longe said.

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