Osun Govt. Committed to Making State Food Basket Of Southwest

The Governor of Osun State, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola says his Administration is committed to making Agriculture the bedrock and mainstay of the State’s socioeconomic development.

He said that the race to delivering food sufficiency and making Osun the food basket of the region was very much on course.

Governor Oyetola stated this while addressing the people, at the presentation of various agricultural commodities to women in rural communities by the Ilerioluwa Development Initiative, a Non-Governmental Organisation.

Governor Oyetola noted that the Administration had developed a modality to change the narrative, bring desired change and encourage people’s participation in agriculture.

The initiative according to the Governor was to encourage the farmers to get involved in the transformation of the fortune of the State through a realistic economic diversification process.

He said the State had set up a committee to coordinate, cultivate and rally the crop and livestock farmers across the State to ensure peace and deliver an enabling environment for farming and peaceful coexistence.

He commended his wife, the initiator of the programme, for complementing government’s efforts at repositioning agriculture in particular and making life more meaningful and worthwhile for the people in general.

“Ilerioluwa Development Initiative has become a critical part of the IleriOluwa Family, providing welfare, economic and empowerment services to the people and complementing our social investment programme aimed at banishing poverty, hunger and misery in the State.

The Governor urged the beneficiaries of the initiative to make good use of the crops so as not only to ensure that the aim of the initiative was realised, but also to create an opportunity for other women to benefit from the programme.

In her remark, the Wife of the Governor, Mrs. Kafayat Oyetola, said the initiative was designed to serve as a catalyst to revive the lost glory of the agriculture sector.

She said the organisation had been executing masses-oriented programmes designed to lift people, particularly the women from the scourge of abject poverty.

She therefore urged the beneficiaries to take optimum advantage of the initiative for their individual and collective benefits.

Earlier, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Security, Mr. Adedayo Adewole, commended the leadership of Ilerioluwa Development Initiative for their prompt intervention to turn around the fortune of agriculture and make life prosperous for farmers.

Mr Adewole announced that over 1, 000 day old chicks, 1, 000 cashew seedlings, 1, 000 cocoa seedlings and over 200 bundles of cassava had been set aside to be distributed to women farmers.

Adenitan Akinola

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