Osun Govt Releases 1,000 Hectares of Land for Cultivation

The Osun State Government has set aside 1,000 hectares of land for farming to boost agricultural productivity and ensure food sufficiency in the state.

Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Security, Adedayo Adewole disclosed this on Sunday during an inspection visit to the land in Ife South Local Government Area of the state.

Adewole revealed that out of the 1,000 hectares of lands provided by the state, 400 hectares have been cultivated for the plantation of cocoa, cassava, and other agricultural products.

He added that the initiative targets over 200 farmers who would be allocated the 400 ploughed lands in Ife south and Ifon-Osun in Orolu LGA.

He further revealed that the government of Osun had also cleared over 23 hectares of land in Ifon-Osun town for tomato plantation, farmers leaving around with interest will be allocated these lands.

This, according to him, is a way of making agriculture more lucrative and attractive to farmers especially the younger generation.

“On this first phase, we are looking mainly for cocoa and cassava farmers to populate the entire 1000 hectares and priority will be given to people from Ife.

“We have been carrying the traditional rulers and other community stakeholders along to ensure their full participation in the allocation process and in identifying the real farmers.

“The objective is to serve as a catalyst for diversification process by the government, in line with our clear vision to turn our state to food basket of the South-West zone.

“Aside the 1000 hectares of land that we are working on in Ife, we have equally cleared 23 hectares in Ifon-Orolu for tomato production,” he said.

On his part, the Gbadewolu of Oranmiyan Lagada in Ife South Local council area, Folorunso Omidiora, said the initiative was a welcome development as it would provide farmlands to farmers who had no means.

He further commended the efforts of the government in restoring agriculture in the state.

SOURCE: AGRONIGERIA

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