The Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to make agriculture one of the cardinal policies of his administration.
He said this during the opening of the annual Odun Iyan at his palace in Abeokuta.
The monarch while addressing the people, including Egba Chiefs, clerics, market men and women as well farmers from within and outside Egbaland, maintained that every part of the country is blessed with all-year-round-arable land for diverse agricultural produce for domestic consumption and export.
He noted that a nation that could not feed its citizens could not be regarded as economically stable and buoyant, saying that the Federal Government had all it takes to provide a conducive environment for agriculture development and making it the front burner of its drive towards economic independence as against crude oil and gas.
Oba Gbadebo pointed out that the federal and state governments should see the present economic downturn as a blessing and an opportunity to diversify the economy by making it agriculture and manufacture based.
He also called on Egba farmers to take advantage of the structured support offered by both the federal and Ogun state governments to boost their output.
He promised that an agricultural competition would be organised during the festival in the nearest future to promote agriculture in Egbaland.