ABUJA: The Administrator of Ekiti State, Brig.-Gen. Adetunji Olurin (rtd), has said the state will fully support the presidential initiative on cotton production.
He made the pledge at the weekend in his office while receiving the chairman, publicity committee of the Presidential Initiative on Cotton Production in the South-West zone, John Yoriyo.
According to Olurin, the government would also incorporate the project into the state government's agricultural programmes for implementation.
The lack of raw materials was one of the reasons that led to the closure of the Odu'a Textile Mills in Ado-Ekiti.
Farmers in the state would be fully encouraged to go back to large-scale cotton production.
The state government had ordered for the supply of tractors and bulldozers to help boost mechanised farming in the state. Mass production of agricultural products will assist in the industrialisation efforts of the state.
His administration had designed a plan of action under which all major inputs required for agricultural production would be provided for farmers at highly subsidised rates.
Earlier, Yoriyo, who is also deputy governor of Gombe State said the committee was in the state to sensitise the people, especially the farmers, on the advantages of cotton production.
Yoriyo said that his committee had completed plans on ways to improve cotton production in Ekiti State and the 23 other producing states in the country.
He lauded President Olusegun Obasanjo for setting up the committee and said the country would soon re-emerge as a fore-runner in cotton production in Africa.