Perturbed by the financial crisis rocking Osun State, a non-governmental organisation, the Forum for Nation Builders and Social Development (FNBSD), has charged the state government to explore the state’s economic potentials in agriculture and tourism to improve upon its income.
The group said that the adverse effect of dwindling federal allocation and low internally generated revenue (IGR), in the state would be drastically cushioned, if government could invest in agriculture and tourism.
According to the group, in a communique issued at the end of an economic summit tagged: “Enhancing Osun Economic Development: Agriculture and Tourism as Key Indicators,” held in Osogbo, there was an urgent need to shift the state’s focus from the monthly federal allocation to agriculture and tourism.
Also in the communique signed by Messrs Ayo Odeyemi, the convener of the group, Babajide Bewaji, Chairman of the Summit Committee and Ismaeel Uthman, Secretary, the FNBSD harped on a need to promote agriculture and enhance farming.
It specifically suggested that the state government should revamp the moribund farm settlements in the state and upgrade them to agricultural industrial centres to be clustered in a community of 5,000 people, who are predominantly inclined to farming.
It added that government should make provision for crop mapping that would be made according to crop niche areas, calling for mass production of crops with emphasis on production, processing and export.