Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun State on Wednesday pledged his administration’s commitment to the transformation of the agricultural sector.
Speaking at the 2019 Osun Farmers Field Day, Oyetola promised to promote mechanised farming in order to achieve food security.
The governor said his administration would partner tool manufacturing firms to ensure that farmers got access to modern machines for processing their farm produce.
He said, “Our vision is to make agriculture profitable and ensure food security as part of our eight-point agenda designed to wholly transform the agriculture sector in this state.
“We have the will as an administration and your turnout today is proof that you are ready to partner with us to transform our dream of food sufficiency, poverty eradication and job creation into reality.
“Our farmers are allies in the march towards food sufficiency, poverty eradication and job creation.
“Agriculture remains the mainstay of the economy of this state and it serves as the backbone of our economy as the sector has vast potential for critical infrastructural development that are reminiscent of the glorious days of Cocoa economy in the old western region.
“Osun farmers’ day is an opportunity for farmers to come together, discuss their challenges and be introduced to new practices and varieties of agricultural technology.
“The practice of agriculture has always thrived with government providing the necessary enabling environment for practitioners.”
Oyetola expressed satisfaction over the huge gift of fertile land and other natural endowments God has given to the state, which would further strengthen the government’s chances of achieving its set goals of developing the Agricultural sector.
He said, “Our strength include huge fertile land all over the state, good rural roads, urban road networks, relative rainfall pattern and above all the relative peaceful coexistence between the herders and farmers.
“In line with my campaign promises, government has embarked on a number of projects to enhance the economic base of farmers and the state.
“Under the partnership with the international Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), the state government has provided 205.5 hectares of land in Ago-Owu for the purpose of conducting researches and setting up demonstration farms for best farming practices.”