Governor Ayodele Fayose has approved the donation of 100,000 hectares of land to investors, that are willing to embark on farming in other to improve agricultural production in Ekiti.
The state Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Kehinde Odebunmi, stated this on Wednesday while he was addressing the 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 that are 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 allocated another 10,000 hectares of land to members of the state chapter of Cassava Growers Association of Nigeria for ethanol production.
Odebunmi further explained that the incentives were to create agric business and investment-friendly environment, that is capable of revolutionising agriculture as a big-time revenue earner in Ekiti 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 in other to overcome its current economic problems.
“Agriculture remains the only sure way to ensure that the country gets 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.