The Ogun State House of Assembly has tasked the State Ministry of Agriculture to immediately swing into action at ensuring the recovery of all lands in all farm settlements across the State which have been encroached by land grabbers
The Speaker, Rt. Olakunle Oluomo gave the charge during an interactive session between the State lawmakers and officials of the State Ministry of Agriculture as well as the Anchor Borrowers’ Committee held at the Assembly Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
Oluomo condemned the illegal occupation of the land set aside by government over the years for farming purposes.
He tasked the ministry to identify the affected areas with a view to ensuring appropriate utilization of the farm operations to boost food production and aid security for the populace.
The speaker also charged the ministry to improve on its activities and put in place a more holistic approach to re-engage all farm settlers through renewal of agreement, thereby promoting efficient utilization of land resources and dignity in farming.
Earlier in their remarks, other lawmakers tasked the ministry to further intimate the Assembly with necessary details of their various intervention programmes with a view to scouting for more qualified applicants to benefit from the various agricultural and developmental programmes of the Prince Dapo Abiodun led-administration.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Adeola Odedina and Secretary, Anchor Borrowers’ Programme, Mrs. Taiwo Ayansanwo noted that over 52, 000 applicants registered for the scheme’s value chains in the State including cassava production, piggery, poultry and livestock amongst others.
He noted that 2, 497 beneficiaries were being engaged in the scheme, just as additional 2, 127 farmers would be added to improve on the 976 hectares of plantations in the State.
Odedina commended prince Dapo Abiodun for approving the engagement of 100 extension agents in the 20 Local Government Areas in the State to boost the operations of the scheme.
The commissioner maintained that another batch would be reeled out to enhance food security, employment generation and industrialization through strategic partnership with foreign agencies and partners.
Meanwhile, the Ogun State Survey (Amendment) Law, 2020 scaled first reading shortly after the Clerk of the Assembly and Head of Legislative Services, Mr. ‘Deji Adeyemo did the first reading of the bill before the lawmakers.
In another development, Speaker Oluomo has directed the Special Adviser to the Governor on Water Resources, Engr. Kunle Otun to appear before the Committee on Water Resources, Oil and Gas on Thursday, 16th July, 2020 to discuss on the issues of right of way for the Lagos State Water Works at Adiyan- a borderline community between Ogun and Lagos States.