We're Largest Producer Of Thyme, Others In Nigeria, Says Agropark Boss As Abiodun Pledges Better Deals For Investors - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE

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Saturday, February 1, 2020

We're Largest Producer Of Thyme, Others In Nigeria, Says Agropark Boss As Abiodun Pledges Better Deals For Investors

      •Governor Abiodun &  Agropark team



From Godwin Akomah,
 Southwest Bureau

An indigenous agrobusiness,  Agropark Development Company Limited, is one investor that has keyed into the philosophy of Federal Government which emphasises that Nigerians shun importing and consuming products that could be easily grown or sourced locally.
 
The company focuses basically on production of crops, herbs, spices and poultry for Nigeria market with potential to reach international markets given manpower and technology and relatively conducive operating environment.

The Managing Director, Sola Olunowo, revealed that the firm remains the largest commercial producer of thyme(Spices) in the Country.

Olunowo made this known in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital when he led the management of Agropark Development Company Ltd on courtesy to Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State in his Oke-Mosan Governor's Office.

He  also revealed  that the company has been able to grow herbs and spices in over 1,000 hectares in the last couple of years, saying they run an integrated system and have a poultry that is purely organic, which turns out  over 70,000 birds  every month.

He said: "We run an integrated system, our poultry is purely organic and we do 70,000 birds every month. We do spices and herbs. We plant tumeric, we plant thyme, and we are the largest commercial producer of thyme and other spices in Nigeria.

"We've been able to grow over 1,000 hectares and we've been here for over two years. We have over eighty graduates that work with us, and we have employed over four hundred people."

In his response, Governor Abiodun reaffirmed his administration's commitment to support  individuals and companies that choose to invest in Ogun and help the State create wealth for its young people as well as nurture more agriprepreneurs.

Abiodun noted that the management of the company couldn't have come at a better time, added that his administration was deeply committed to reducing the rate of unemployment through agriculture.

"Let me assure you that you couldn't have met the Government of Ogun State at a better time. This is an administration that is deeply committed to the promotion of the agric sector. 

"This administration will give everybody that shows the level of commitment that you have shown and demonstrates the level of capacity that you demonstrated...we will give that entity as much support as we can. 

"We will throw our weight behind that entity. We will promote that entity. We will support that entity, so you have all the assurances of this Government. Whatever that you need us to do for you that will help you fully achieve your goal, rest assured, we will do that for you," he said.

The Governor said that the success story of the company is a testimony to the fact that Ogun State is the  right place for investments because of its vast land, the  people and the weather that could support the growth and development of almost everything.

He noted that his administration has identified the agric sector as truly the sector to prioritise because it has the capacity to create employment opportunities, generate revenue and also contribute towards the food security agenda of the Country.

He said: "I must say that one cannot but be impressed. Your success story so far is a testimony to what we have continued to preach - that Ogun State is the place to be and that we have the land, we have the people and the weather to grow almost everything. 

"It also underscores our firm belief in the fact that the agric sector is the sector to prioritise because it allows us to create employment, it allows us to generate revenue, it allows us to contribute our own to the food security agenda of this administration."

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