Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, has decried the country’s continued importation of foodstuffs.
According to him, the practice is unacceptable.
The governor, who also decried the level of poverty and hunger in the country, said, “It is unacceptable for the country to rely on other nations to feed its teeming population.”
A statement by the Director, Osun Bureau of Communications and Strategy, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon. quoted the governor as making the remarks in Osogbo, Osun State capital, on Tuesday, during activities to celebrate this year’s World Hunger Day.
He, therefore, called for massive food production as the panacea for hunger and poverty in the country.
The governor said the state had made huge investment in agriculture and massive food production as part of his administration’s effort to end hunger and poverty in the state.
The theme of the 2013 celebration is Enough food for everyone.
Aregbesola said, “In view of this extreme poverty, the state government has executed policies on agriculture, empowerment and social security welfare, aimed at eradicating or totally reducing poverty in the state,” adding that “more than N1bn has been committed to supporting farmers’ cooperative movement.”
According to him, over 2, 000 hectares of land have been provided to support the farmers.
“We supported about 50 cooperative groups to plant 17-kilometre stretch of maize; help more than 2, 000 farmers to plant 1.3 million plantain suckers for refined plantain flour production.
“We supported about 200 farmers to run Osun broiler out-grower scheme as well as building 10, 000 capacity cattle ranch at Oloba in Iwo. These are just a little of what we have done in agriculture to alleviate hunger,” he stated.