The President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government has flagged off its diversification programme in the agricultural sector with the cashew plantation initiative.
With the fall in the price of oil in the international market which has affected the economy, President Buhari has reiterated his administration’s plan to face and develop other sector of the economy.
Breaking Times reports that the minister of agriculture, Mr Audu Ogbe, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II and the governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola were at the flag-off ceremony in Ogudu, Ile-Ife, in Osun state on Wednesday, June 8.
The Minister of Agriculture conducted the official inauguration of cashew plantation in the state and it was revealed that the federal government wished to do the same across the country but Osun was the first to key into the initiative.
Ogbe said cashew plantation was the first agenda of President Buhari in the agricultural sector which will be followed by cocoa and banana.
The initiative was applauded by the revelation that youths would be the beneficiaries of the agricultural programmes of the federal government as the time has come to empower the youths and solve the challenges of unemployment in the nation.
The Ooni described it as a new dawn for the youths and urged them to embrace agriculture. Governor Aregbesola applauded the programme and urged the federal government to remember the state in subsequent programme as there was enough land for farming in the state.
One of the farmers in Ogudu, Mr Sunday Felix also appreciated the government for the contribution and pledged that the farmers in his area would take care of the farm for the common good of the state.
President Buhari has revealed that Nigeria’s over-reliance on oil is the biggest mistake the country has made but assured that his administration was committed to rapid diversification.
The diversification to agriculture seems to come at a perfect tie especially with the activities of Niger Delta militants that have crippled oil production at a time oil is losing its value in the international community.