Osun unveils implementation plan for food security

The Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke, has unveiled plans of his administration to transform the agricultural sector in the state, assuring stakeholders that farm inputs, tractorisation and issue of food security are being addressed by his government. In a statement signed by the governor’s spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed, the governor disclosed this after a meeting with a Nordic firm, who is interested in setting up a tractor assembly plant in the state. According to the governor, his plan for the sector is robust and all inclusive, adding that, “The state is now set for implementation of various programmes in the sector. We take agriculture very seriously. Our government decided to first focus on bridging the infra-deficit to strengthen connectivity between rural and urban areas. We first focused on building the roads and bridges as a condition to empower the agricultural sector in the area of transportation and market linkages. “Now that we have made enormous progress in the infra sector, we are now set to roll out specific programmes for the agricultural sector. I have set up an implementation committee on the recommendations of our food security committee. “The committee, which is to be chaired by the Special Adviser on Agriculture, Olaniran Akanfe, has the mandate to put into effect, the suggestions and proposals in the food committee report. Other members of the committee include, Olusola Omole, Dr Alaba Towoju, Dr Olu Olajide, Moshood Yakub, Alexander Kehinde Oloke, Adelowo Adekunle Saburi, Kolade Tunde (TISKO) and Engr Badmus Bukola Mikail. “The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture is to serve as the Secretary of the Committee, while the Commissioner for Agriculture, Tola Faseru, serves as overall Coordinator. “As we kickstart the implementation of the food security committee, our government is set to launch the Osun Young Agropreneurs Incubation Programme, which is to target thousands of young farmers and agropreneurs across the agricultural value chain. “The programme will include at least 1000 hectares of land per local council; provision of land clearing and tractorisation; availability of inputs; guaranteed off-taking; all season irrigation farming; integration of hydroponic farming; integration of precision farming and emphasis on gender balancing and inclusivity.” The post Osun unveils implementation plan for food security appeared first on Guardian Nigeria News.

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