With the ongoing wave of transformation and reforms in the agriculture sector which has brought about empowerment for its stakeholders alongside increased food production and security, the Oyo State Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Wale Adedoyin has declared the intention of the state government to join forces with the Federal Government, in order to facilitate increased availability of agricultural infrastructure in the state.
According to the Commissioner, establishment of more facilities and infrastructure in the state has become a necessity to guarantee advancement in agricultural productivity as part of measures to ensure food security and harness the empowerment opportunities available in the sector for the benefit of the people.
Citing the various projects established in the state by the Federal Government to include cassava production, provision of storage facilities and provision of modern equipment for food processing, he however noted the need for more to be done.
Speaking on the efforts of the present state administration to unlock the potential of the sector in the state, he stated that Governor Rauf Aregbesola had approved the establishment of more farm settlements in parts of the state which would be prepared and allocated to prospective young farmers, for the production of both food crops and livestock, adding that the state government had also provided facilities in some farm settlements located in Ede, Ife and Ilesha, among others, for use by young farmers.
Elaborating further, Mr. Adedoyin explained that the farm settlements were designed to provide job opportunities for youths, as well as increase availability of food for local and external consumption, stating that the government would provide the beneficiaries with access to farming inputs, credit facilities and security for the farm.