Traditional ruler of Ilara in Epe Local Government area of Lagos State, Oba Akeem Adesanya, has advised the government to invest in agro-tourism as a strategy to boost the state`s revenue base.
Adesanya gave the advice in recently at Epe while speaking to journalists.
He said that agro-tourism, which entails development of agriculture through tourism, was already popular in other parts of the world.
“Agro-tourists can choose from a wide range of activities that include picking fruits and vegetables, riding horses and tasting honey.
“Others are learning about wine and cheese making or shopping in farm gift shops and farm stands for local and regional produce or hand-crafted gifts,’’ Adesanya said.
The monarch said that agro-tourism could be a way to improve incomes and economic viability of small farms and rural communities.
The traditional ruler expressed optimism that agro-tourism would contribute to development of communities, create employment opportunities and alleviate poverty.
He, however, stressed the need for meeting basic standards in agro-tourism to enhance developments in the sector.
Adesanya advised that youths should be engaged in agro-tourism development projects in rural areas.
“Part of the standard in the agro-tourism industry is to have adequate and modern facilities to improve development and living standard.
“The youths will use such development projects for a living. It will also bring about rapid community development, “ he said.
Adesanya advised chairmen in all the local councils in the state to provide facilities like good roads, security and basic amenities for agro-tourism to flourish in the rural areas.
The monarch said that his community has enough lands for agro-tourism, saying the projects would boost living standard of the people in the area. NAN

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