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Ekiti like Brazil, my government will tap from country’s experience: Fayemi

“During my first term in office, I spent some time in Brazil.”

• March 23, 2021
Ekiti State govenor, Kayode Fayemi
Ekiti State govenor, Kayode Fayemi

Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti says he has concluded plans to partner a Brazilian organisation, Africa–Brazil International Forum, in agribusiness, monorail, and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT).

He stated this on Monday when he met with the organisation’s officials in his office in Ado-Ekiti. 

According to him, improving transportation and agriculture in Ekiti are part of his administration’s plans.

The governor noted that Brazil had taken some giant strides in agriculture, having the most successful agricultural research organisation globally. He disclosed that his government would tap from Brazil’s wealth of experience, particularly in research and technology.

He revealed that Ekiti and Brazil had a lot in common, including climate and the types of crops available in the two zones.

“This is because everything I saw in Brazil, climate-wise, soil wise was almost as if I was back in Ekiti.

“During my first term in office, I spent some time in Brazil, and I visited one of the most successful agricultural research organisations in the whole world, and we were able to learn a lot about what makes agriculture successful there.

“The successful crops are those that we have here, cocoa, tubers, and grains. But Brazilians have done more to advance via technology, via research, and there is a lot for us to learn from the experience of Brazil,” he stated.

Mr Fayemi also urged more national and international business consortiums to invest in the state, asserting that Ekiti is ready for business collaboration.

He noted the state’s Investment and Development Promotion Agency would drive the partnership alongside the Ministry of Arts and Culture to strengthen the bond of cooperation.

“For us, this is the beginning of an exciting relationship on the practical side, in terms of agricultural cooperation but also on the cultural side.

“For us, culture is very central to development, and if we connect the two worlds, I know that we would make giant strides in our partnership,” Mr Fayemi explained.


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