…. expresses readiness to commence all-year-round farming in Osun
The Federal Government has commended the administration of
Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun for the huge investment made to revive the
agriculture sector in the State.
The Federal Government also acknowledged the State
government for keying into many of its policies aimed at revamping,
resuscitating and rejuvenating the agriculture sector for greater and maximum
This is even as the Federal Government expressed readiness
to commence all-year-round farming in Osun as part of efforts to ensure food
security and avert the possible effect of food scarcity in the dry season.
The Executive Secretary/CEO, National Agricultural Land
Development Authority ( NALDA), Prince Paul Ikonne stated these on Tuesday
during his on-the-spot assessment of irrigation sites and other farm
settlements in Osun.
Ikonne had visited the State to assess and access the
expanse of lands suitable for all-year-round farming as the nation was
approaching dry season.
It will be recalled that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led
Federal Government in November this year reinstated NALDA which had been
moribund, and flagged off National Young Farmers Scheme, as part of his
administration’s commitment to reviving the agriculture sector and making it
the bedrock of the nation’s economy.
Addressing journalists during his tour of some of the farm
settlements in the State, Ikonne said the team came to Osun on the directive of
President Muhammadu Buhari to aggregate suitable lands for all-year-round
farming and work out modalities to retrieve all the already- acquired lands
under the agency.
He said Osun was chosen as one of the piloting States,
having attested to the government’s commitment to revamping the sector.
The NADAL Executive Secretary who extolled the commitment of
Governor Oyetola towards the actualisation of the national economic
diversification, expressed satisfaction at the available suitable lands
provided by the State government to drive and actualise the initiative.
He disclosed that the all-year-round farming process would
commence in Osun by the first week of January, 2021 as necessary facilities had
been provided by the President to actualise the dream.
“We are here on the spot-assessment of the land donated
to National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) for dry season
farming. We want to see whether the available lands are suitable for farming
especially dry season farming.
“With what we have seen so far, we can see that Osun
has hidden treasures to revamp and redefine the agriculture sector. We have
seen the possibility of all-year-round farming here and we are ready to partner
the State to reposition agriculture.
“As a matter of fact, when there is all-year-round
farming, that means there is all-year-round empowerment and wealth creation,
and this is what we are bringing to Osun.
“If you can recall, President Muhammadu Buhari recently
flagged off the National Young Farmers Scheme, aimed to engage and attract
young Nigerians into productive farming, and this visit is in compliance with
the objective of the initiative.
“Going by the places we have visited in Osun, you will
agree with me that youths in this State will be making huge money because, with
this Scheme, there is no more idleness, no more poverty and hunger.
“There will be full supply of necessary farm equipment,
inputs and technical support which include capacity training, capacity building
and human capital development.
“So, I am extremely excited that Osun is keying into
the lofty initiative of President Muhammadu Buhari to resuscitate the
agriculture for the betterment of the citizens, because with the natural
resources that Osun is endowed with, there are better days ahead for the
citizens, particularly the youth.
“Osun stands to gain a lot from this partnership as
unemployment, poverty, hunger and idleness which had been the source of youths
restiveness would be eradicated. The State will also benefit greatly from the
Scheme in its onerous efforts to empower her citizens and expand its food
“I am excited by the commitment of Governor Adegboyega
Oyetola to turn around the fortune of agriculture and make the sector the
mainstream and bedrock of the State’s socioeconomic development. I am equally
glad that he is following the footsteps of Mr. President to revive agriculture
sector”, Ikonne added.
In his remarks, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Food
Security, Mr. Dayo Adewole, said the Administration of Governor Oyetola would
do everything possible to ‘walk the talk’ and bring the initiative to fruition.
Adewole who urged the citizens, particularly the youth to
key into the State’s laudable policies on agriculture by showing interest in
farming, assured of government’s readiness to provide necessary support capable
of repositioning the sector for mass employment opportunities and food
The State Coordinator, National Agricultural Land
Development Authority (NALDA), Alhaji Kazeem Yusuf, expressed gratitude to
President Muhammadu Buhari for reinstating NALDA, just as he assured the
State’s readiness to advance the cause of the Scheme.
He disclosed that the State had provided over 1, 000
hectares of land to achieve the set objectives of the programme.
The delegation visited Owala Dan in Olorunda and Egbedore
Local Government Areas; Otagere farm settlement in Ede-South Local Government
Area, and Oodua farm settlement respectively.
Others on the assessment tour are the
Coordinating Director, Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, Mrs.
Adegbemisola Fayoyin; Osun Director, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural
Development, Mr. Atoyebi Sunday, among others.