By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
The Commissioner for Agriculture in Oyo State, Honourable Muyiwa Jacob Ojekunle has admonished farmers in the state to embrace and key into the vision of the state government to improving the economy of the state through agriculture and massive food production for the state.
The commissioner made the submission while speaking with Western Post News on the significance of the World Food Day celebration and the plans of the state government to boost food production in the state through various agric projects and farm settlement.
Hon Ojekunle who urged farmers to work hard in order to make food surplus in the state said agric business can only thrive when farmers cooperate and key into governor Makinde’s vision on agriculture, hence the celebration of world food day in the state.
According to him, the World Food Day is a celebration aimed at showcasing the need to rescue the people from hunger and this was achieved 40 years ago by some people who saw the need to conquer hunger among people through massive production of food.
“The world food day came into existence 40 years ago by some researchers who deemed it fit to establish the day for celebration of food on October 16 of every year. We thank God for the significance of the celebration in our farmers because it has always motivated and encouraged our farmers in the state’.
“The occasion had many local fabricators of different farm tools and equipment on ground who came to sell their materials to farmers at very affordable rate.”
Hon. Ojekunle described the programme as a welcome development owing to the stride of governor Makinde to improving agriculture with the creation of farm settlement to boost the economy of the state.
“I want to encourage farmers in the state to work hard and cooperate with the state government in advancing agriculture and make food surplus in the state.”
He said the governor would not leave any stone unturned to ensure surplus of food in the state in his administration.