9 June 2016
The Federal Government has launched the planting of 2,000 cashew seedlings to flag off the 2016 cashew planting season and the Cashew Expansion Programme in Ife, Osun State.
This project was launched in line with the aim of reviving the agriculture sector and creating jobs for the youths.
Minster of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh flagged off the programme in Ogudu Village in Ife.
The Minister assured that the government will roll out two million cashew seedlings annually to sustain the programme.
According to him, government not only wants to revive the sector, it is set to explore it as a means of exchange.
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, while speaking blamed the nation’s declining economy on the total abandonment of agriculture, stressing that agriculture remains the largest employer of labor in the world.
Speakers at the event echoed the necessity for a return to the farm especially on the youths; to help revive the sector and gain the advantage of occupying the unemployed.
Governor Rauf Aregbesole urged individuals to be inspired by the health and financial benefits from the cashew planting programme.
Mr. Ogbeh re-affirmed the readiness for support of the Buhari-led administration to improve the lives of Nigerians through agriculture.
He assured that a cocoa and banana plantation programme will also be unveiled very soon.
The cashew plant is expected to begin to yield it’s fruiting three years from now.
The event was graced by several traditional rulers, officials of the Bank of Industry and the Bank of Agriculture and a delegation from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.