Ekiti state government has disclosed his plan to revolutionize agriculture in the state by opening up more farm lands in various locations across the state in the next farming season.
The Deputy Governor, Dr. Kolapo Olusola dropped the hint at Ikoro-Ekiti during his inspection visit to the FADAMA Agricultural Farmland located in the community.
The Deputy Governor who was accompanied by the Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Hon. Kehinde Odebunmi and other senior management staff of the Ministry on a field tour of the existing dedicated agriculture extension farmlands in Ikoro, Iyemero, and Iye-Ekiti said the state has decided to focus its attention on
commercial production of cocoa, cassava and rice. He explained that the government’s aims in its strategic agriculture revolution in Ekiti are to boost the state economy base, create youth employment and as well ensure food security within the state first and foremost.
Dr. Olusola said that the government was willing to partner with individuals and structured private organizations who are interested in investing in commercial agriculture, with assurance that the present administration would provide enabling environment that would make their investment profitable and fulfilling.
At the Ikoro FADAMA Lowland Farm site, the Chairman of Ekiti State FADAMA Farmers’ Association, Mr. Kolawole Rotimi appealed to the state government to assist the farmers to open up more lowland in the area as the existing 400 hectares of land has been exhausted. Mr. Kolawole who disclosed that the traditional ruler in the area, the Olukoro of Ikoro-Ekiti, has released additional 600 hectares of lowland for FADAMA farming in the area, appealed to the state government to assist the farmers in the clearing of the land before the onset of the new farming season.
Also speaking, a former Commissioner of Health in Ekiti State, Dr. Femi Thomas revealed that Ikoro-Ekiti has overtaken all other communities in the state in rice production and that Ikoro-Ekiti youths were fully prepared to go into full farming if the government was ready to provide necessary encouragement and support.
At the palace of Olukoro, the Deputy Governor assured that the Fayose-led government would continue to provide enabling environment and give other necessary supports that would encourage individuals and private investors to establish in the state.
The Olukoro of Ikoro-Ekiti, Oba (Dr.) Adebanji Adeleye, who expressed his delight at the visit called on the government to revisit the road project in the town which was terminated by the administration of Dr. Kayode Fayemi, said the community will continue to support the Fayose-led administration to ensure its success.
The team had earlier visited an on-going Starch Processing Mill Project, a privately-owned factory at Iyemero-Ekiti and the Cocoa Nursery, a Public-Private Partnership Project at Iye-Ekiti.