Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate for Saturday’s governorship election in Ondo State, Chief Olusola Oke, has promised to bring about revolution in agriculture in the state if elected.
Oke said this while addressing a rally in Idanre town on Tuesday.
He said, “If voted into office I will inject a lot of support and innovations to increase the cocoa production which used to be the mainstay of the regional economy before the discovery of oil.
“We know that the majority of the people in this community (Idanre) and the outlying ones are cocoa farmers. A time was when cocoa was a money-spinner and everybody was looking at cocoa farmers with envy.
“We were on the verge of bringing back the old glory when the last PDP administration was cut short.
“I want to assure you that we are going to make cocoa lucrative again. We will support our farmers. We will introduce high-yield varieties. And we will encourage, with financial and input support, our youths to engage in cocoa production.
“We have said it several times that our state, with all our agricultural endowments, has no business being poor.
“We are going to use the agricultural sector not only to bring money into our pockets but to also solve other social problems like unemployment. Industries will spring up and our youths will be profitably engaged.”
The PDP chief also pledged to focus attention on the tourism potential of the Idanre Hills.
Oke said, “We are going to complete the golf resort started but abandoned by the current administration.
“In our blueprint for tourism development, these exotic hills of Idanre will play a pivotal role as we are going to ensure that the place has enough facilities to attract international tourists.”