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2020 planting season begins in Kwara tomorrow



2020 planting season begins in Kwara tomorrow

Adenike Afolabi-Oshatimehin

The Kwara state government will tomorrow, (Wednesday) commence the deployment of agricultural equipments as part of activities to flag off this year’s cropping season.
ROYAL NEWS gathered that some of the equipments to be deployed by the State Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development includes; tractors, planters, boom sprayers and harvesters to create awareness about mechanised farming.
Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Adenike Afolabi-Oshatimehin said in the statement Tuesday that the first official flag off of the planting season will hold on Wednesday at Alateko Village in Moro local government area.
In addition, assorted hybrid varieties of tree crops such as Cocoa, oil palm, would also be displayed.
This, according to the commissioner is in realisation of the importance of appropriate mechanisation technologies for agricultural growth and development in the State.
“The flag off at Alateko is for the Kwara North senatorial district. We are having another flag off for Kwara South on Friday May 22  at Ajase Ipo while the one for Kwara Central will hold next Monday, May 25th, at Oke Oyi, according to the statement.
“The flag-off will display complete mechanisation of the primary production process such as mechanised soil tillage, planting, fertilisation, and herbicide application to further enhance the productivity of our farmers.”
She said the event would avail local farmers the opportunity of not only accessing the machines at affordable rates but also demonstrating good agricultural practices on commercial scale as a springboard for the anticipated agriculture-based industrialisation of the state.
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