The Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has listed the various strategies employed by the state government to make agriculture much more attractive to the younger generation youths in the state.
He said the strategies have worked and the state has been reaping the fruits in forms of increased activities in the food production sector.
According to the governor, the massive support that the state government has been giving to farmers through modern technological trainings for enhanced yields, provision of improved seedlings and engagement and encouragements in forms of loans and lands with provision of access roads to farming communities in the state have all helped to bring farming into focus.
Aregbesola listed these strategies when he hosted the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Chief Audu Ogbeh in his Office in Osogbo.
Both the governor and the minister sought partnership as part of the ways out of the current economic challenges being experienced by Nigerians.
The governor said the present economy has left Nigerians with options of either to develop or destroy, thus calling for massive participation in agriculture.
The governor who lamented on the present nation’s economy, said agriculture has shown to be the only sector that has capacity to deliver the nation from her current economic bondage.
Aregbesola attributed the current recession to inability of Nigerian people to promote agriculture, saying it is high time for every reasonable government to invest largely in agriculture.
He said all the reasonable, responsible and progress-seeking nation’s are looking for alternative to oil to fuel their engines for industrial process, a development which he said will bid a farewell to oil production in the world.
According to him, alternative to oil is a quest of all nations. A time is coming when oil will no longer serve the mono-economic that it serves now, thus, Nigeria must come to that grim reality that in 25 years to come, there will not be revenue from oil.
“So, considering development, the only viable alternative is to till the land for massive agriculture to ensure better economic alternative.
“We all need to go back to the land. Let us start by feeding ourselves. We don’t need to wait till we get machineries. Let us develop spirit of farming. Farming is the only way to economic prosperity of the Nigerian nation.
“Let’s do whatever we can do as individuals, groups and governments to promote agriculture. Desperate situation calls for desperate solution.
“It is quite unfortunate that in spite of recession, our nation could not feed itself as we depend largely on importation. It is unfortunate that we borrow money to feed ourselves not to implement infrastructural projects again”, he stressed.