Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, has reintegrated that the agricultural policy of the state government is aimed at fast tracking the industrial development of the state.
The governor, in an address during a courtesy call on him by the first batch of 40 Osun youth returnees from Germany in Osogbo, revealed that his government has drawn up a blueprint on the broad policy of Osun Rural Enterprise and Agriculture Programme (O’REAP).
He added that Osun, under his leadership, aims to transform its largely subsistence agriculture into big-time commercial enterprises.
Aregbesola noted that the major reason behind the training project was borne out of his administration’s belief that youth affairs form a cardinal part of his agricultural revolution programme if it is to succeed.
He stressed that the belief makes it imperative for Osun to change the view and attitude of young people towards farming as a dry and drab business fit only for old and retired folk.
According to him, “in order to encourage the youth to embrace agriculture, therefore, we have to open their eyes to the immense opportunities for wealth creation and self-actualisation that abound in the business.
“If the interest of young people is to be re awakened in agriculture, therefore, they must be introduced to modern farming technology and techniques.
“Modern technology and science have the advantage of not only opening up enormous business opportunities in agriculture, they also create a big boost in production and yield, resulting in massively increased profit and wealth for the farmer.” The governor told the gathering.
Aregbesola charged the cadets to bring to practise what they have learnt in Germany to bring food production in Osun to a phenomenal increase.