The Ondo State Government has distributed no fewer than 250,000 free hybrid cocoa seedlings to farmers across three senatorial districts of the state for the 2019 planting season. Mr Adegboyega Adefarati, the Commissioner for Agriculture disclosed this at the official distribution of 40,000 cocoa seedlings to farmers on in Ile-Oluji, Southern Senatorial District of the state. Adefarati said that the distribution was part of Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu’s commitment to continue to provide good planting materials for the farmers across the state.
“As a follow up to that, I consider it very important to be here to kick start the free distribution of 250,000 improved cocoa seedlings to our farmers across the three senatorial districts of the state.
“For this year, we carefully select two towns from each senatorial districts for easy distribution to farmers for southern part Ile-Oluji and Okitipupa was chosen. “Others are Central Akure and Ondo town was chosen while for northern part Ikare-Akoko and Owo was also chosen,’’ he said. Adefarati, who noted that the cocoa seedlings was high yielding with early maturing and insect pest and disease resistant varieties, said it would help farmers on better yield and put more money into their pockets. (NAN)
SOURCE: DAILY TRUST