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Food insufficiency: Osun Speaker mandates lawmakers to go into farming

By Olajide Idowu [NAN]


The Speaker, Osun House of Assembly, Mr. Timothy Owoeye, on Tuesday directed members of the state House of Assembly to go into farming to tackle food insufficiency in the state.

Owoeye said at the plenary that it was becoming worrisome that people in the region (South-West) were neglecting farming and becoming over dependent on food items from other regions of the country.

He said the strike by meat and food sellers concerning food items being brought to the South-West had shown that the region would suffer acute food shortage, if other regions decided to stop bringing in their food items.

The speaker said, as a measure to encourage people to return to farming, the 26 lawmakers in the assembly would be allocated 10 acres of land each to plant food crops.

He said that the Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Security, Mr. Dayo Adewole, would be summoned to appear before the House to allocate farm lands to the lawmakers which they would pay for.

The speaker said: “Thursday and Friday will thereafter be declared as farming days for the lawmakers, so that they can take farming seriously.’’

The Assembly, thereafter, passed a bill, “The Osun Private Veterinary and Ambulatory Practice Regulation Bill, 2020” seeking to check and curb the activities of unregistered and quack veterinary doctors, for second reading. (NAN)


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