By Akeeb Alarape, OsogboÂ
Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has called Nigerians to take to farming on full or part time basis as alternative to the over-dependence on oil for the quick recovery of the nationâ€™s ailing economy.Â
Aregbesola stated this while addressing participants at the 2016 flag-off of cashew planting season and roll out of cashew expansion programme of Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development at Ogudu Village, Ife-East Local Government Area of the state.Â
This was coming just as Minister for Agriculture; Chief Audu Ogbeh has stated that said the ministry will embark on plantation of two million cashew every year for next four years.Â
Ogbeh stated that the stage is set to ensure massive plantation of cocoa, plantain and banana across the nation.Â
Aregbesola stressed that the only way for Nigerians to contribute meaningfully to national economic development was for able men and women to go back to farms.
He called on other leaders in all tiers of government in Nigeria to stop relying on the failed oils sector and seek for means to sustain their economy.
The Governor noted that there could be no better time than now for all hands to be on deck to ensure that the economy of the country from oil to Agriculture.?Â
According to him, “I am particularly happy and enthralled at the efforts being made to promote the cultivation of cashew, noted for not just being a food crop but a cash crop as well.Â
“This is well timed at this season when it has become imperative to diversify our economy from its oil orientation to others more sustainable areas like agriculture”.Â
He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for living up to the expectations of Nigerians through his achievements in the last few months, saying the uniqueness of his good governance had been felt in all aspects of the economy especially in agriculture.Â
Governor who described cashew as a money-making and health-promoting crop, said the state is ready to partner with any investor to boost the agricultural sector.Â
He said the state is blessed with fertile hectares of land, adding that his government would not hesitate to tap the numerous potentials in agriculture in sustaining its economy.Â
The Governor commended Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi for complementing his efforts to revamp agriculture in the state.Â
He therefore implored other traditional rulers to emulate the good gestures of Oba Ogunwusi in rendering social services to the society.