The Ondo State Governor, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu,SAN, on Thursday, reiterated his commitment to transform the state economically through job provision and wealth creation with Agriculture.
Akeredolu made this known during a courtesy visit by members of FADAMA III Additional Financing project lead by Mr Tayo Adewumi, National Project Coordinator, to the Governor’s office in Akure.
He appreciated the initiative of the Federal Government in introducing FADAMA, which he described, as a vehicle to provide means of livelihood to the teeming poor and those in the rural areas.
Akeredolu also stressed the importance of tractors as it was needed to cultivate the lands before planting.
“We pray that FADAMA can assist us with provision of tractor equipment centers in each Senatorial District,” he said.
The Governor expressed his concern about pilot vegetable project for women empowerment which could be used as a sole livelihood as it was in some countries.
“It is less tasking, hence women can easily do this so that we don’t keep importing vegetables from South Africa,” he said.
Earlier, Mr Tayo Adewumi, National Project Coordinator, FADAMA III Additional Financing, revealed that a 10 day program for youths would be organised.
“The programme, named GUYS means Graduate Unemployment Youth Support is to encourage youths from 18 to 35 to go into agriculture as a profession and business.
“By study, real farmers are aging away, some dead and old. To start with, 15 to 20 states including Ondo, will be first phase of 200 to 300 youths per state.
“By end of June, starter packs should be given to the youths based on different enterprise of interest like aquaculture, or poultry,”
“A lot of social vices and Youth restiveness in Nigeria today, so the whole idea is to take them away from streets into farming,” he said.
Adewumi also explained that there was a plan for Sunshine rice in Ondo before the end of the year.
“We want to make sure that the rice we are producing, we bring it out publicly and give it a name and brand.
“We will work with your government to make sure we are able to do this,” he said.