Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) of Ondo State has explained how the state government intends to achieve self-sufficiency in food production.
He said his government had taken giant strides to develop state agricultural sector in order to improve the nutritional status of the citizenry.
According to him, the giant strides were aimed at achieving the state government’s food self-sufficiency drive.
Akeredolu spoke on Tuesday during the Special World Food Day Celebration at the Federal College of Agriculture, Akure.
The theme of the celebration is: “Our actions are our future – a zero hunger world by 2030 is possible.”
Governor Akeredolu, who noted that the current food situation in the state and the country at large called for more dedication and commitment, listed the steps taken to achieve food self-sufficiency to include: collaboration with the Federal Government on national egg production scheme; collaboration with the Federal Government on the Home Grown School Feeding Programme to improve the nutritional status of school pupils; procurement and distribution of 1,000 metric tons of fertilizer to various farm service centres in the state.
Others are raising and distribution of 500,000 cocoa and 25,000 cashew seedlings to farmers; engagement of 18,000 youths to pilot the “Youths on the Ridges Programme; training of over 2,500 youths on cassava value addition, among others.