Clears land for modern farming
By: AgroNature Admin
The Ogun government says it has cleared 1,000 hectares of land in preparation for modern farming technology and climate-smart agriculture for 1, 000 youths in the state.
The Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr Adeola Odedina, disclosed this on Tuesday when he led the state agric team to inspect the land at Apojula in Odeda Local Government Area of the state.
Describing land preparation as vital to ensuring adequate food supply, job creation and industrialisation, he revealed that the land would be allocated to a minimum of 1,000 interested youths in the area.
He said the Gov. Dapo Abiodun-led administration had promised to engage youths and train them to realise the agricultural agenda for the state.
According to the commissioner, 600 hectares of the land were cleared by the state government, while the Federal Government, through the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, assisted in clearing 400 hectares.
He further disclosed that the governor had earlier mandated the ministry to engage in Climate-Smart Agriculture, stressing that the initiative informed the ministry’s plan to take advantage of Oyan dam, close to the farmland, for irrigation.
Hos words: “In Ogun, we are concentrating on our strength. We are into cassava, rice and vegetables.”
“We want to include facilities for irrigation here so that the young farmers will not only depend on rain. We want young people to come here and farm, and demonstrate profitably.”
Odedina, while meeting the Baale of Apojula, Chief Jelili Ogundiya, appreciated the people for accepting the government’s agricultural programme in the area.
He assured that there would be provision for more potable water, as plans were underway to erect a borehole for the inhabitants of the community.
Dignitaries present at the event include the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Dr Dotun Sorunke, Yekeen Razaq, Deputy Director, Land Management, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development among others.
Yekeen, in his remarks, restated FG’s commitment to food security and job creation. He said this was being realised through partnerships with the state government.