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My Administration is Committed to Self-Sufficiency In Food Production- Gov. Akeredolu

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Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has called for the support of mechanised agriculture in the state, describing it as one of the major ways to ensure self-sufficiency in food production and tackle hunger.

Speaking during the flag-off of the 2019 Agricultural Season at Mariwo Farm Settlement in Ifedore Local Government Area, Akeredolu said his administration would always promote policies that would guarantee increased production of major agricultural products.

Adding that the present food situation in the state and the country called for more dedication and commitment to agricultural development.

The governor, while insisting that more people, especially youths, had shown interest and commitment to agriculture and its value chain, added that his government had rolled out not a few interventionist programmes to boost the sector.

He listed the interventions as including the establishment of modern agricultural village at Jugbere in Owo Local Government Area, where 500 farmers would be engaged in four hectares of cocoa plantation each and distribution of 500,000 cocoa and 250,000 cashew seedlings to farmers to further boost cocoa and cashew production.

Other interventions are arrangement to distribute additional 100,000 cocoa seedlings for the 2019 planting season and the registration of all farmers in the state forest reserves as a means of protecting the forest and ensuring adequate food production without hindrance.

Akeredolu equally noted that his administration had trained over 2,500 youths on cassava value addition, besides partnering foreign and private investors.

He said: “The state government is equally partnering the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on developing of banana, cocoa and coffee plantation.

“We are equally in the race to participate in the Central Bank of Nigeria Land Clearing Scheme by providing enabling environment for the scheme in the state.”

 

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