500 Farmers Apply for Free Land in Oyo
By Dipo Olowookere
About 250,000 hectares of arable land have been earmarked for farming as agricultural zone for the use of farmers in Oyo State.
According to the Oyo State government, over 500 farmers have applied for the use of land to be allocated for free to boost agricultural produce in the state.
Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Prince Oyewumi Oyewole, explained that the zero tolerance policy of the present administration in the state on fallow agricultural farm land was aimed at encouraging mechanized farming by every individual.
Mr Oyewole, during an appearance on a radio programme in Ibadan last week, further stated that the zero tolerance policy was also meant to attract foreign investors to the state.
The Commissioner, through the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr Victor Atilola, disclosed that government will not revoke the ownership of the land but rather create an enabling environment that will encourage farming.
He stressed that the state government’s policy was mainly 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.
Mr Oyewumi noted that the government will facilitate and coordinate the agreement between land owners and interested farmers, adding that that the policy has been yielding positive result.
He therefore admonished members of the general public most especially land owners 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.