By Gbenga Olarinoye
OSOGBO—In a bid to make agriculture the mainstay of the state’s economy, the governor of Osun State, Mr Rauf Aregbesol, yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MOU, with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, IITA.
The ceremony which took place at the Executive Lounge of the Office of the governor in Osogbo will have the state release 204.39 hectares of land around Ago Owu in the state, to IITA for the purpose of conducting research and setting up demonstration farms for best farming practices.
IITA will also carry out cassava, plantain and other crops multiplication and train Osun youths on modern, commercial and profitable farming.
Signing the MOU on behalf of the state government, Governor Aregbesola stated that releasing the farmland to IITA will complement Osun agriculture programme, extending robustly the agriculture value chain and create jobs for farmers, especially the youths that are being attracted to farming.