Osun Government has said that the state would collaborate with the Federal Government to facilitate the presence of more agricultural facilities in the state.
The state Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Wale Adedoyin, told newsmen in Osogbo that more agricultural facilities were needed in the state to boost food production and achieve national food security.
“Although we have felt the presence of the Federal Government in the state in the areas of cassava production, provision of storage facilities and provision of modern equipment for food processing from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, but we want more of them,’’ Adedoyin said.
He said that Governor Rauf Aregbesola had approved the establishment of more farm settlement in parts of the state to be prepared and be allocated to prospective young farmers to produce food crops and livestock.
He also said that the state government had provided facilities in some farm settlements located in Ede, Ife and Ilesha, among others, for use by young farmers.
The commissioner explained that the farm settlements would be designed to provide job opportunities for youths, provide more food for the people and reserve for external consumption.
He said that the government would open up the land, prepare the land and allocate the land to applicants who would also be provided with other inputs, credit facilities and security to farm.
He said the ministry had organised a good number of workshops to train and retrain farmers in the state through farmers’ congress and associations, this year.
Adedoyin assured that the government would not relent in assisting and encouraging farmers to produce more food for internal and external consumption.