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Why we are investing in agriculture — Mimiko

By Wale Akinola
The Ondo State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, said the establishment of Ore Agric Village is aimed at harnessing the vast natural resources in the state to create wealth, fight poverty and boost food production.
The Ore Agric village was one of the three integrated Agric villages established in the state  in 2010, for crop farming, animal husbandry, mushroom farming and oil palm revolution.

The Ore Caring Heart Agricultural Village is a 2000-hectare facility. It has 300 fish ponds and mushroom demonstration farms; 600,000 oil palms from Indonesia and 200,000 from NIFOR in Benin at the pre-nursery shed.

The participants quickly planted 47 hectares of maize, over 1million palm seedlings and over 1000 hectares of cassava. Altogether, the poultry section has about 30 large pens made up of three cubicles each, with over 700 layers and breeders.

The farm has a large dam for water supply. And there would be no dull moment: Dr Mimiko ensured that super chalets built to taste were constructed for the accommodation of participants with provision of a bore hole, DSTV, two sets of plasma TVs, two generators, table tennis and other games facilities for recreation.

Indeed, determined to ensure the success of the agricultural revolution targeted at taking over a million youths off the streets and turning them into employers of labour,   Mimiko told the participants: “We have made this Agric village comfortable for you so that you can concentrate on your job. All the crop farming activities here will be tractor –driven; your weed control will be chemically done. Each of you will be empowered with facilities for crop farming, fish farming, poultry farming, mushroom farming and I’m sure five months down the line, you will be the envy of your colleagues because your income will be much more than what you will earn if you get government job.”

Dr Mimiko disclosed that arrangements were at an advanced stage to develop alternative means of power supply to the Caring Heart Agricultural Village at Ore.
In 2013 alone, 5,500 farms were distributed to interested participants under the Employment through Ownership in Agric Ventures scheme while 350 ad- hoc farm workers were provided with employment.

Also, 2,750 and 4000 hectares were acquired in Epe and Auga- Akoko in Akoko North East Local Government Area of the state respectively, while the administration also flagged off the Mobile Farm Service Centre at Ipele, Owo local government area with 20 graduates employed to manage the centres.
The Auga Agric Village extends

 


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