By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Prince Oyewunmi Oyewole has hinted that the state government is to distribute free about 250,000 hectares of arable land to boost agricultural produce in the state.
Prince Oyewunmi who stated this while featuring on a radio programme monitored in Ibadan declared that the 250,000 hectares of land have been earmarked for farming as agricultural zone for the use of farmers.
The Commissioner added that over 500 farmers have applied for the use of the land meant for boosting agricultural produce in the state and that the Zero Tolerance policy of the present administration in the state on fallow agricultural farm land ” is aimed at encouraging mechanized farming by every individual.
According to the Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources,while speaking through the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr. Victor Atilola, “the zero tolerance policy is also meant to attract foreign investors to the state”
Prince Oyewunmi maintained that Oyo state government will not revoke the ownership of the land but rather ” create the enabling environment that will encourage farming, stressing that the state government’s policy is to enhance socio-economic growth in the state.” adding that aside from farming, the zero land policy will also create job opportunities for youths and boost the economy of the state as well as the country.
Emphasizing that the state government will facilitate and coordinate the agreement between land owners and interethxd farmers, adding that that the policy has been yielding positive result, Prince Oyewunmi urged the people of the state, especially land owners to give genuine evidence of the land so as to encourage farming and consequently called on all and sundry to see farming as the bedrock of wealth as it is globally focused.