The State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko made the disbursement during the inauguration of Growth Enhancement Support (GES) and the annual flag-off of planting season in Ile-Oluji yesterday.
The governor who was represented by his deputy, Alhaji Ali Olanusi at the event said the occasion was unique as it marked the inauguration of the state committee on the Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA).
Mimiko said agriculture being the major activity of the people and another source of internal revenue generation for the state, has remained the centre piece of his administration’s strategy towards wealth creation, employment generation, economic prosperity and sustainable development.
He stressed that his administration has within the last three years committed over N5.5billion to the development of agriculture in the state.
He further stated that the government has established four Agro-Business Cities at Ore, Epe, Isuada and Auga purposely to train young graduates in agricultural business.
The programme is centered on the development of “participant-ownership scheme” targeted at employing over 15,000 graduates within the next five years, stressing that the state has a total of 76 tractors while efforts are on to train youths in handling and maintenance of the tractors, he said.