Governor Ayo Fayose has approved the donation of 100,000 hectares of land to investors, who are willing to embark on farming to improve agricultural production in Ekiti.
The state Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr Kehinde Odebunmi, stated this on Wednesday while addressing participants at the ongoing 2016 Agric. Summit, holding in Ado Ekiti.
The commissioner said the government was ready to offer incentives to individuals and corporate bodies willing to invest in farming and other farm-based commercial activities in any part of the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the governor had allocated another 10,000 hectares of land to members of the state chapter of Cassava Growers Association of Nigeria for ethanol production.
Odebunmi explained that the incentives were to create agribusiness and investment-friendly environment, capable of revolutionising agriculture as a big-time revenue earner in the state.
He enjoined the people of the state to embrace farming by cultivating lands in their neighbourhoods or farmsteads to plant stable food crops.
The commissioner said such efforts were capable of becoming something tangible in the long run, as the state strives to overcome its current economic problems.
“Agriculture remains the only sure way to get the country out of its economic woes, “ he said.
The commissioner explained that the summit was in line with the efforts of the state government to reposition the state’s economy.