The Osun State Government has pledged to provide cocoa farmers in the state with 200,000 cocoa seedlings this year.
The Coordinating Director, Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Youth Engagement, Dr Bukola Aluko made the promise on Thursday, while speaking with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Osogbo.
He said that the state government would also provide farmers with extension services and other facilities that would support and boost their productivity.
“In helping to improve cocoa production in plantations across the state, the state government plans to provide farmers with 200,000 cocoa seedlings.
“The process of making the seedlings available is ongoing and when the seedlings are ready, we will call on our farmers to come pick them at highly subsidised rates,” he said.
Aluko also said that the state government had been allotting lands to farmers and individuals who were interested in farming so as to boost agriculture in the state.
He said that the state government had set up some agencies to oversee land allocation processes and provide land to those who would use it purely for agricultural purposes.