The Ondo Government on Friday allocated 50 hectares of cassava plantation to 25 youths across the state. Mr Lasisi Oluboyo, the state Commissioner for Agriculture, made this known during the training of the new generation of farmers at Upenmen in Owo Local Government Area of the state.
Oluboyo said the state government had brought several developments to agriculture through different programmes aimed at eradicating poverty, creating employment among youths and guaranteeing food security.
“Each of the 25 beneficiaries will have two hectares of cassava plantation given to 25 vibrant youths who have shown interest and confidence in farming as a profession.
“There is no doubt that this approach will serve as a way to further complement the policy of the present administration to boost agricultural production and improve the socio-economic development of the state.’’
Oluboyo explained that it was the intention of the present administration to ensure that the state maintained its leading position in cassava production in the country.
The commissioner said the government had put all machinery in place for the execution of a new programme tagged “KAJE KAYO” in 2014, under which new generation of farmers would be empowered.
“Government has subsidised agricultural inputs at 30 per cent to the farmers, with the view to increasing their income and encouraging youths into cassava production.”
However, he appealed to the beneficiaries to ensure the repayment of the cost of planting the farm to enable others to benefit.
Earlier, Mr Kole Ogunsuyi, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, said the state government had shown interest to partner with the Federal Government programmes on cassava production.
Ogunsuyi advised the beneficiaries to reciprocate by maintaining the plantation and adhere strictly to the advice and training that would be delivered to them.