Ogun state government is to cultivate 5,000 hectares cocoa plantation in different parts of the state as part of moves to create new jobs in the state.
Agriculture commissioner, Mrs Adepeju Adebajo who made this known at the National Youth Convention in Abeokuta, asked youths in the state to form themselves into co-operative societies to participate in the programme.
She also urges the youth to take advantage of the various intervention schemes such as the Central Bank of Nigeria’s anchor borrower programme and those of the Bank of Industry and Bank of Agriculture
The commissioner expressed concern that only ten percent of an estimated seven million residents of the state are taking advantages in agro-allied business.
She particularly identified youths as not showing interest in agricultural programmes that will enable them to take advantage of the arable lands provided by the state government.
Some of the youths who spoke at the programme asked the state government to improve the study of agriculture in the state public institutions, empower them to go into agriculture and help clear thick forest which could be used for farming among others.
Governor Ibikunle Amosun speaking at the programme said the state government is still facing the challenge of clearing thick forests for agricultural use, despite investing up to N1 billion on the project.
Amosun promised that the state will procure machinery for clearing more forest for farming in the state.