WorldStage NewsOnline—- Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has announced plan to procure 20 tractors to boost agriculture in the state.
Mr Adegboyega Adefarati, Commissioner for Agriculture, made this known during the distribution of 170,000 free cocoa seedlings to farmers in Owo and Ose Local Government Areas of the state.
“Today, the 170,000 Cocoa seedlings are part of the 250,000 we are distributing free to farmers across three senatorial districts of the state for 2019 farming season.
“This is the last batch of free distribution for this year’s farming season but we are going to buy 20 tractors to enhance farming production and for betterment of our farmers in the state.
“Everything is set now to procure the tractors and it is going to be commissioned by end of August, while any farmer that needs the tractor will be given at the lowest rate for hiring.
“With the procurement, it will enable individual or group farmers especially those intending to delve into mechanised farming to increase their production in the state,’’ Adefarati said.
According to him, aside from the tractors, government has also concluded plans to get about 1,000 tonnes of fertiliser at subsidised rate and 60km of farm roads have been awarded for construction across the state.
The commissioner said that 500,000 cocoa seedlings would be distributed across the state in the 2020 farming season.
Adefarati said that the gesture was part of Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu’s commitment and efforts geared toward revamping and rehabilitation of old Cocoa farms already going into extinction and for the establishment of new farms.
“As we all know, Ondo State is number one Cocoa-producing state in Nigeria and we need to double our efforts by taking more proactive measures to sustain this leadership position.
“I am appealing to our young ones to make use of this advantage and start investing in cocoa farming and other agriculture because farming has become a lucrative job in the country,’’ he said.