Engr Muftau Open Salawu on Tuesday, has flagged off the purported planting of 10,000 mango across the five local government area in Ogbomoso, Oyo State.
The Ogbomoso born civil engineer in conjunction with Open Integration of Learning Foundation ( Oil foundation) has earlier promised to plant an average of 2,000 trees across the five local Government areas of Ogbomosho Zone Comprising of Ogbomosho North, Ogbomoso South, Oriire, Surulere and Ogooluwa Local Government.
As a sign of demonstration and acceptance of the mango juvenile trees plantation, some tress were planted at the palace of the Soun of Ogbomosoland, HIM Oba Dr Jimoh Oladunni Oyewumi Ajagungbade III.
The Onpetu of Ijeru Kingdom, HIM Oba Sunday Oladapo Olagbami Osekun III, and HRM Oba Yekini Oladipupo also provided space for the plantation at their different palace.
Open Salawu said, interested Persons have been told to indicate so at Open Salawu office, 2nd floor, Al Hussain House, Near Sabo Garage, Ogbomoso.
He then disclosed that he is ready to buy the juvenile trees at N100 each. For providing space to plant the tree and taking care of it to survive, he would pay N500 per tree after 5 years.
He stressed further that it’s time to start buying the trees back from those who nursed them initially, the trees would be advertised and anyone that is interested in having the tree around their house will have it and be in charge of its maintenance in the next four to five years till they become big enough to give fruit.
He also noted that anyone who nurse the seed and is also interested in keeping the tree can do so and they will also be paid.
He added, “annually we will come to check the progress and the stage of the tree, and, if you require any advice, we will get an expert to give us advice on it and how to optimize the output of the tree.”
Open Salawu also disclosed that within the five years that exist between the period of planting and when he will complete the project, he would have encouraged the establishment of a Mango fruit processing company in the town.
The former Special Adviser to Governor Ajimobi noted that the ultimate goal of the project is to encourage farmers in Ogbomosho to begin the exportation of mangoes and derive benefits from it.
Furthermore he said Ogbomoso mangoes are undoubtedly one of the prominent mangoes in the country as a result of the beautiful specie they constitute, noting that the taste of Ogbomoso mango is one of its kind because it cannot be compared to others from other parts of the country.