Ogun Govt. Distributes Inputs To 3500 Cassava Farmers
This year’s planting season and distribution of farm inputs to first batch of three thousand five hundred cassava farmers have been unveiled by the Ogun state government as part of efforts to alleviate poverty and boost food security in the state.
Speaking at the opening ceremony held at farmers’ market Asero Abeokuta, Governor Dapo Abiodun said his administration was poised to use agriculture, especially cassava farming to boost job creation for the youths.
Our correspondent Bolanle Adesida completes the story.
“Addressing the gathering, Governor Dapo Abiodun explained that the three thousand five hundred cassava farmers drawn from twenty local government areas of the state through the Anchor Borrowers Programme, ABP, had been funded by the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN.
Governor Abiodun who said the beneficiaries were also provided with inputs, including fertilizers, herbicides and disease resistant cassava cuttings said extension agents had been deployed at the three thousand five hundred cassava farms for hitch free inputs distribution and cultivation.
The governor pointed out that additional two thousand five hundred hectares of land had been cleared in 16 locations for another batch of cassava farmers registered under the ABP, with the assurance that the CBN had earmarked five hundred and thirty million naira for the project.
Governor Abiodun said sixty thousand people had been registered for seven commodities under the Anchor Borrowers Programme and urged investors to partner the government.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Agriculture Dr. Adeola Odedina had explained that necessary measures had been put in place for the successful implementation of the programme.
Dr. Odedina who commended Governor Dapo Abiodun for the ongoing agricultural revolution said the state was committed to boosting the economic status of the people through the agriculture”.