Ondo government said on Friday that it is set to boost agriculture in the state with the procurement of 20 tractors before the end of August. Mr. Adegboyega Adefarati, the state’s Commissioner for Agriculture, made this known during the distribution of 170,000 free cocoa seedlings to farmers in Owo and Ose Local Government Areas of the state.
He noted that the distribution is of the last batch for this year’s farming season ‘’but we are going to buy 20 tractors to enhance farming production and for betterment of our farmers in the state.
Everything is set now to procure the tractors and it is going to be commissioned by end of August, while any farmer that needs the tractor will be given at the lowest rate for hiring.
With the procurement, it will enable individual or group farmers especially those intending to delve into mechanised farming to increase their production in the state,’’ Adefarati said.
According to him, aside from the tractors, government has also concluded plans to get about 1,000 tonnes of fertiliser at subsidised rate and 60km of farm roads have been awarded for construction across the state.
The commissioner said that 500,000 cocoa seedlings would be distributed across the state in the 2020 farming season.