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ODSG commences raising of cocoa seedlings: To establish 2,000 hectare cocoa plantation

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Ondo State Government has commenced the raising of 500,000 cocoa seedlings for the establishment of 2,000 hectares of cocoa plantation at Jugbere in Owo Local government area of the state.
The State Commissioner for Agriculture, Otunba Adegboyega Adefarati, while inspecting the nursery, said the establishment of the cocoa plantation by the Akeredolu’s administration was to create jobs and lay a solid revenue base for the state.
The Commissioner noted that investment in agriculture remains the best was to tackle turn unemployment and get out of the lingering economic recession occasioned by fall in prices of crude oil globally.
He called on organisations and well-meaning individuals to complement government’s efforts by investing in the agriculture, saying it remains the best way to tackle poverty and improve the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
The Commissioner was optimistic that if the present level of investment in agriculture by Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu’s administration is sustained, in the next few years, Ondo State would no longer depend solely on allocation from the federation account to run its day-to-day businesses.
He urged the people of the state, especially the youths to avail themselves and take advantage of the various opportunities being provided in the sector to improve their income generation and become self-sustenance.
Otunba Adafarati said the present administration in the state would leave no stone unturned at reducing the unemployment rate especially among the youth and lay a solid economic and industrial base for the state through agriculture.
The Commissioner, accompanied by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr. Isaac Orimoloye and the Director of Engineering, Mr. Richard Akinbamowo, also inspected the on-going land-clearing of the 2,000 hectares proposed cocoa plantation.
The proposed cocoa plantation is situated inside the State Government Forest Reserve at Jugbere in Owo Local Government Area of the state.

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