A Stalwart of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ondo State, Prince Adewale Adegoroye has said the state and Nigeria as a whole need policies that can create jobs through Agriculture.
Adegoroye who is aspiring to represent Akure North Constituency at the 2023 Ondo State House of Assembly election stated this while speaking with Journalists in Akure on Tuesday.
He said: “Agriculture has gone beyond the previous practice, farming brings about industrialization, because without raw materials from the farm, you can’t have an industry. What I have for my people is to encourage Agriculture in Akure North, a community that is blessed with vast expanse of lands, we are talking about fertile grazing lands. As an agrarian community, we have our own senior citizens who have done so much in their various farms.
“So, to complement their efforts, we need the younger ones to get into agriculture and my mission is to encourage them and let them know, that I have my PHD in Agriculture, so, if I can do it, they too can do it and see something great in Agriculture. For instance, if we can have a farm that will have about thousands of cows in the state, then we can start a Dairy industry that will generate good income.
“We can produce milk from cattle that will come at a cheaper price; indirectly, cutting down the high cost of milk. There are about 1001 dairy products can be generated through the industry”, he stressed.
According to him, “If there is a farm with a minimum of 1000 cattle in Akure North Local Government, that might generate about 200 employments – because not only will you have people working in the farm, but people working in other industries like advertisers, consultants, engineers. Others would be Veterinary Doctors including Microbiologists. All these people can be confident that they will have job from such farm and by so doing, many students of Microbiology from Adekunle Ajasin University can think of having a bright future”.
He noted that there is need for lawmakers to present and support bills that will promote Agriculture; promote farming and create an enabling environment for the farmers.