As the dry season nears, the Federal Government has said it will commence an ‘all-year-round’ farming in Osun State as part of its efforts to ensure food security and avert a possible scarcity during the season.
The all-year-round farming process is slated to commence in the state, by the first week of January 2021, it noted.
The Executive Secretary/CEO, National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA), Prince Paul Ikonne, disclosed this on Tuesday, during his on-the-spot assessment of irrigation sites and other farm settlements in Osun State.
Ikonne had visited the state to assess and access the expanse of lands suitable for all-year-round farming as the nation was approaching dry season.
According to him, President Buhari had issued the directive to aggregate suitable lands for all-year-round farming and work out modalities to retrieve all the already- acquired lands under the agency.
He said Osun was chosen as one of the piloting States, having attested to the government’s commitment to revamping the sector.
“We are here on the spot-assessment of the land donated to the National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) for dry season farming. We want to see whether the available lands are suitable for farming, especially dry season farming.
“With what we have seen so far, we can see that Osun has hidden treasures to revamp and redefine the agriculture sector. We have seen the possibility of all-year-round farming here and we are ready to partner with the state to reposition agriculture.
“As a matter of fact, when there is all-year-round farming, that means there is all-year-round empowerment and wealth creation, and this is what we are bringing to Osun.
“If you can recall, President Muhammadu Buhari recently flagged off the National Young Farmers Scheme, aimed to engage and attract young Nigerians into productive farming, and this visit is in compliance with the objective of the initiative.
Ikonne further noted that all modalities to facilitate the farming process had been put in place. He explained that the presidency has also provided all the needed equipment for the project.
He commended the host state for its efforts towards revitalising the sector, adding that the already-functioning system will make for a highly beneficial project.
He said, “Going by the places we have visited in Osun, you will agree with me that youths in this State will be making huge money because, with this Scheme, there is no more idleness, no more poverty and hunger.
“There will be full supply of necessary farm equipment, inputs and technical support which include capacity training, capacity building and human capital development.
“So, I am extremely excited that Osun is keying into the lofty initiative of President Muhammadu Buhari to resuscitate the agriculture for the betterment of the citizens, because with the natural resources that Osun is endowed with, there are better days ahead for the citizens, particularly the youth.
“Osun stands to gain a lot from this partnership as unemployment, poverty, hunger and idleness which had been the source of youths’ restiveness would be eradicated.
“The state will also benefit greatly from the Scheme in its onerous efforts to empower her citizens and expand its food production capacity.”
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