Oyo provides 250,000 hectares of land free for farming

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OYO State Government in furtherance of its vision to boost agriculture in the state on Tuesday disclosed that about 250,000 hectares of arable land has been earmarked for farming as agricultural zone for the use of farmers, adding that over 500 farmers have applied for the use of land to be allocated for free by the state government to boost agricultural production in the state.

The State Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Prince Oyewumi Oyewole said this during a programme in Ibadan, explaining that the zero-tolerance policy is also meant to attract foreign investors to the state.

The government reiterated that the Zero Tolerance policy of the present administration in the state on fallow agricultural farmland is aimed at encouraging mechanized farming by every individual.

The Commissioner through the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr Victor Atilola stated that the government will not revoke the ownership of the land but rather to create the enabling environment that will encourage farming, stressing that the state government’s policy is to enhance socio-economic growth in the state.

He pointed out that aside from farming, the zero land policy will also create job opportunities for youths and boost the economy of the state as well as the country.

Prince Oyewumi noted that the government will facilitate and coordinate the agreement between landowners and interested farmers, adding that that the policy has been yielding a positive result.

He therefore admonished members of the general public most especially landowners to give genuine evidence of the land so as to encourage farming and consequently called on all and sundry to see farming as the bedrock of wealth as it is globally focused.

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