Agriculture is the biggest employer of "human resources" Ekiti State which was self-sufficient in Agricultural products up to Otunba Niyi Adebayo's regime, now depends on other states for up to 65% of her food supply. It is painful that such a situation occurred when the state is mainly an upland zone suitable for the cultivation of upland rice and other crop productions year round. Our administration's agricultural policy will be based on specialization. Every local government area will be charged to embark on a particular agricultural product. All the local government areas will be encouraged to concentrate mainly on Agriculture and Education. We will encourage the production of fish protein by aiding the supply of fish meals and fingerling. Efforts will be made to increase Rice, maize, Cassava and Yam production. We will also support the effort on palm produce and its derivatives. We will elevate Ekiti State to its previously well-known level of prominence in agricultural and food production. We will build on the existing agro allied cottage industries and create the platform for ensuring that more of such industries are established as is required along the lines of the six agricultural zones. For productions like cassava which is universal to all part of the state, the administration will ensure that there is at least one cassava processing facility in each local government area. In carrying out the above initiative, we will seek the active participation of relevant players among the organized private sector. In a two face approach, we will ensure food security and sustainable end to perennial food shortage. Six agricultural zones will be created on constituency basis:
- ZONE A: Palm produce, Rice, Yam, Plantain, Maize Fisheries
- ZONE B: Cassava, Rice Yam, Plantain, Banana, Potatoes, Maize
- ZONE C: Fisheries, Cassava, Yam, Plantain, Maize, Vegetables, Fisheries
- ZONE D: Livestock, Vegetables, Plantain, Banana, Yam, Cassava
- ZONE E: Yam, Cassava, Plantain, Maize, Cocoa, Palm produce, Fisheries, Vegetables(Watermelon)
- ZONE F: Livestock, Cassava, groundnut, Onion, Potatoes, Yam, Beans, Maize, Vegetables (Tomatoes).
Phase One will be the provision of enhanced seedlings, top quality organic fertilizers, hybrid stems, plant suckers and crop protection products to farmers across the six agricultural zones.
Phase Two will include acquiring land and partnering with private sector operators, embark on a large scale cash crop farming initiative that will require extensive funding and technical input. The land owners will either be paid compensations or crop and profit sharing arrangement. To support the above scheme, an integrated irrigation scheme will be developed in the key agricultural zones of the state to ensure all year round crop production; where necessary. Cooperative and green houses will be established at various farm gates in each of the six agricultural zones to facilitate export of products or sales to processing plants. This will also be targeted at boosting agricultural and food production.