Ekiti State governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has said his administration’s plan to focus on agriculture and rural development is a step towards repositioning the state as a food basket for the country.
The governor, who said that farming remained the number one pre-occupation of Ekiti people, said his government would partner with farmers and some private organisations to boost food production through agricultural businesses.
According to him, Ekiti State has the capacity to become the food basket, not only for the region, but for the country at large, because of the state’s rich farm lands. He said all that government needs to do is create an enabling environment, and support the farmers with infrastructure and access to funding.
Fayemi, stated this when he inspected facilities at the National Food Reserves Agency’s silos in Ado-Ekiti, on Thursday.
He said the federal government set up the silos as a repository for food storage that people can fall back on during non-harvest period. Adding that his administration would encourage farmers to take advantage of the storage facilities, which he said were currently under utilised.
The governor noted that the importance of agriculture in the state’s drive towards economic development cannot be over emphasised and great will and determination is all that is needed to put the economy in big agricultural production footing.
He said the state is endowed with the capacity to produce a variety of agricultural products if the right resources were provided to farmers especially storage facilities.
The governor then encouraged farmers to go beyond subsistence farming and embrace large scale farming for commercial purpose.