By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
The Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Sabo Nanono has distributed two tonnes of hybrid cashew nuts to farmers in Osun State.
No fewer than 200 farmers would benefit from the gesture.
Speaking at the presentation and distribution ceremony of the cashew nuts, held at the State National Cashew Association of Nigeria(NCAN), Iwo, Nanono commended the Gboyega Oyetola led government for revamping the agriculture sector in the State.
Represented by the Director of Agriculture, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Engr. Sunday Atoyebi, said the donation of the farm inputs was informed by the assessment and evaluation of the performance of farmers, particularly the cashew growers in the State.
He applauded the State government for keying into the policies of the Federal Government, led by President Muhammadu Buhari which are aimed at revamping, reviving and resuscitating the agricultural sector in the country.
Nanono, who described agriculture as the bedrock of socio-economic development of the nation, said it was worthy of note that Osun Government had demonstrated a high sense of commitment to rejuvenating the sector and making it the basis of socio-economic development.
While presenting the cashew seeds to the State Government, the Agric Minister said the gesture would go a long way to turn around cashew production in the State and by extension give more credence to the status of Nigeria in the comity of cashew producers in the world.
He said “There is no doubt that Osun is one of the few states in Nigeria where cashew is grown impressively well just as the cashew growers in the state are competing favourably with their counterparts in the world. Hence, the reason the State was considered as one of the benefitting states by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture. This move would further help to turn around the cashew production and improve the ranking of Nigeria as the 6th largest producer of cashew in the world.
In his response, the State Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Security, Mr Adedayo Adewole, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for being supportive of the State in its efforts to raise the bar of agriculture in the State.
He urged farmers in the State to continue to put in their best and support government in its efforts to turn the State to the food basket of the Southwest region.