The Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Security, Hon. Adedayo Adewole has commended the efforts of FarmKonnect Agricultural Business Nigeria Limited for siting an agricultural mega wave city project in the state of Osun which could take youths out of the street.
The Commissioner gave the commendation at the venue of the inauguration of the farm project by Farmkonnect Agribusiness Nigeria Limited in Wasimi, Osun State.
Hon. Adewole noted that the project is the first of its kind in Osun state which is capable of creating job opportunities for over 1,000 Osun youths.
According to him “it is easier to have a dream than to actualize it. Farmkonnect has actualized its dream that it started for over 3 years. Today, having FarmKonnect in Osun is another dream. Today, having Agricultural facilities to develop agriculture in the south west is another dream to be realized.South west and most of other parts of Nigeria should start producing what is eatable. The period where we order for tooth picks, pizza from London is over.Farmkonnect has realized this dream.
Agriculture is one of the major potentials to create jobs for both skill and unskilled labour. FarmKonnect is first of its kind in the state, I believe this is just the beginning, my office is open and the Ministry of Agriculture is also open to supporting any investors in Agriculture so that the State can create better future for youths in Osun. Governor Gboyega Oyetola has always said that agriculture is a priority and it is key in his main agenda in the state.”
Also speaking at the event, the Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Yemi Lawal gave kudos to Farmkonnect for bringing this laudable project to the State and thereafter prayed for the sustainability of the project.
Speaking earlier,the Founder Entrepreneurship Initiative, Dr Boseade Ogunlana congratulated the founder of Farmkonnect ,Mr Azeez Oluwole for bringing this project into the state of Osun and for solving the major problem that leads to the search of greener pasture abroad.
She used the medium to encourage the youths to engage themselves in farming instead of searching for white collar jobs when there is now hope for Nigerian youths.
In his opening remarks, the founder of FarmKonnect ltd, Mr Azeez Oluwole appreciated the Governor of the state of Osun, Adegboyega Oyetola for his support towards agriculture.
According to him, “Wave city is another Mega Project embarked upon by FarmKonnect, and it is a 507_ Hectares farm. The plan is to erect 10,000 units of fruit and leafy vegetables for indoor production of healthy vegetables and fruits such as tomatoes, habaneros, chilli, eggplants and root crops such as carrots, potatoes among others. Various greenhouse technologies will be utilized to meet the specific needs of these crops. The produce of the greenhouses will serve the south west part of Nigeria and the export market. The greenhouses will put healthy vegetables on the tables of Nigerians at affordable prices. The selling point will be at Ibadan, Oyo state. All wastes from the greenhouses will service the insect farms and or biogas plants”
He also stressed that their mission is to contribute immensely to food security and nutrition through real estate of modern technologies and methodologies.
One of the workers of Farmkonnect and an indigene of Osun state from Osogbo,Mr.Olatomiwa Kehinde appreciated the efforts of FarmKonnect for taking him off the streets by securing him a job and used the medium to call on the youths not to be roaming round the streets instead they should engage themselves in farming business.
Highlight of the event was the inspection of the farm.