The Osun State Government has said it is putting plans in place to diversify into agriculture and mining as part of its post-COVID-19 economic revival strategies.
It also disclosed that the state would inaugurate its planting season Thursday.
The government said this in a statement by the Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Mrs Funke Egbemode, after the fifth virtual State Executive Council meeting.
Egbemode announced that the SEC agreed to empower 5,764 farmers to grow cassava, cotton and engage in fish farming with the help of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
According to her, 12 Local Government Areas have also earmarked about 2,000 hectares of agricultural land in addition to the existing farm settlements across the state.
Speaking on the state’s immediate agricultural intervention, Egbemode said, “On Thursday, May 21, the state will be flagging off its planting season. It has already moved farming equipment into its Ila Farm Settlement.
“At the launching, the state government will be distributing improved seedlings, pesticides and herbicides, and knapsack sprayers, among other things, to improve yields of farmers in the state. The state government will also train 1,000 farmers in specialised farming.”
On mining in the state, Egbemode announced that the Gold Buying Centre in Osu was ready, adding that the state was set to maximise the economic benefit of the centre.