The Ekiti State government has guaranteed an allocation of farmlands across its 16 local government areas to investors in the agricultural sector to allow for their cultivation.
Folorunso Olabode, the Commissioner for the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development , gave this assurance in his office in Ado-Ekiti while receiving a group of investors with Agrocola, who were in the state to seek farmlands for rice and maize cultivations.
Olabode revealed that the state Government is looking at ways to link the Agricultural Cargo Airport in Ado-Ekiti with the Agricultural Processing Zone of the E kiti North senatorial district for ease of products marketing.
He disclosed that the state has a 100,000-ton- capacity silo for grains storage, adding that government would provide other necessary incentives for the development of agriculture in the state, but also warning investors against acquiring the land without using it for its intended purpose.
The commissioner further explained that the major objective of Governor Fayemi’s present administration to develop the state’s economy through agriculture while focusing on how to make farmers strive for sustainable growth.
Linda Ahaneku, leader of the Agrocola team and general Secretary , said in her remarks that they were in the state to support and encourage youths’ participation in agriculture.
She stated that Agrocola would start by selecting about 100 youths who have passion for farming, and then provide them with training, land, and incentives.
According to Ahaneku, the program is currently thriving in Kebbi, Niger and some other Northern states She explained that the organization wants to have a pilot project in Ekiti, that would utilize over 10,000 hectares of farmland and engage over 10,000 youths in subsequent years.