The Ondo State Government has said it will make farming more attractive and lucrative for both old and new farmers in the state.
Governor of the state, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, stated these during the launch of a sustainability and empowerment initiative for 150,000 cocoa farmers by Johnvents Industries Limited in Akure.
Speaking, Akeredolu promised to provide an enabling environment for agribusiness to thrive, especially by re-energising the gallant Amotekun Corps to subdue the security challenges in farmsteads and communities.
Represented by his senior special assistant on agriculture and agribusiness, Akin Olotu, the governor noted that necessary farm inputs would be made available and the rehabilitation of farm roads would be given adequate attention.
According to him, the government would ensure appropriate pricing and uptake of farm products to enhance the livelihood of farmers in the state.
His words: “To the lucky participating cocoa farmers, I congratulate you all and enjoin you to please make the best use of what you have learnt and as well inputs you are given to further improve your capacity production.
“I want to again commend the Managing Director of Johnvents Industries Ltd, Mr John Alamu and the entire team for the milestones achieved within this short span. I wish you and indeed all of us a more prosperous agribusiness year.
“I am delighted to be amongst cocoa stakeholders today for this all-important occasion of Johnvents One Million Cocoa Seedlings Plantains and Farmers Empowerment Programme with which our cocoa farmers are recognised for their hard work and empowered to do more,” the governor stated.