Over 1,000 farmers across 18 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Ondo State have received farm inputs and machinery.
The items were distributed by the state’s Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu on Tuesday in Akure, during the presentation of certificates of registration to 142 trained youths from three cooperative groups.
While making the presentations, he stressed the need for Nigerians to look into farming regardless of their occupation.
“No matter the job you are doing, be you government worker or so, you can farm, the constitution allows it”, he said.
He noted that the distribution was aimed at achieving food sufficiency in the state.
To this end, he urged secondary school students to take agriculture as a vocation when it seems nothing was ‘working’ in the country.
“It is expedient for secondary schools to go into agriculture, we want to encourage you.
“Agriculture should not be taken as punitive measures in school. You must take joy in doing it. It is also a form of exercise,” he said.
On his part, the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Agriculture and Agribusiness, Mr Akin Olotu, stressed the importance of irrigation in Agriculture
He said food security was important and the state government was committed to achieving same.
“Irrigation has become imperative in agriculture and we are working to move from rain farming agriculture to irrigation farming. This is why we are sharing irrigation equipment too,” Olotu said.