By Henry Odeh
A Nigerian based agricultural organization known as GESA Portal has donated not less than 10,000 sachets of tomato seedlings to the Oyo state government through the ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development as a support to the state government drive towards agric revolution.
The CEO of the organization, Ms Lara Sulaiman while presenting the seedlings to the honorable commissioner for Agriculture, Hon. Ojemuyiwa Ojekunle Jacob, stated that the mission of GESA Portal in Oyo state was to reposition economic fortunes of women and unemployed youths in the state through agriculture, and to create market extension for women and make them more independent economically.
She added that her organization was motivated by the report it got from the ministry on her team’s last visit to the state which revealed that Oyo state is lacking in availability of quality tomatoes, which prompted the organization to contact her international partners for the provision of the tomato seedlings.
The Honorable Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Hon. Ojemuyiwa Ojekunle in company of other top officials in the ministry received the items and thanked the organization for its initiative and proactiveness by supporting the state government’s agric revolution agenda adding that such gesture will help the legacy of Governor Seyi Makinde in agriculture to last for many generations.
He assured that the seedlings will be evenly distributed among the targeted recipients and all necessary support that will guarantee bountiful yields by next year will be provided.
Honorable Ojemuyiwa said “We believe that having heard in the news of the giant strides Oyo state government is taking to industrialize Oyo state economy through agriculture revolution, they are here to support the mission of the government.
“We have also taken a step further after receiving our guests yesterday by intimating the General Manager of Oyo State Agricultural Development Program (OYSADEP) to notify all his people across the 33 local governments areas, directors, and all agric extension officers, that early next year we have to distribute the seedlings to the real farmers, tomato farmers across the state.”