By Oluwatoyin Adegoke
More than one thousand farmers in Ogun State have been provided with agricultural inputs and farm assets as part of the Federal Government’s intervention efforts to ensure livelihood support and food security for poor and vulnerable households in the country.
The official disbursement, through the Nigerian COVID 19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus, NG-CARES, in collaboration with the Ogun State government was held in Ijebu-Ode for beneficiaries drawn from nine local government areas in Ogun East Senatorial District of the state.
Addressing the gathering, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Mr Samuel Adeogun said a total of 20,922 farmers would be empowered across the state and advised the farmers to take advantage of the intervention to boost their capacity and standard of living.
Also, the Project Manager of the State Agricultural Development Programme, Mrs Solape Awe expressed optimism that the domesticated Ogun State CARES FADAMA – 2 initiative, aimed at mitigating the harsh effects of the COVID 19 pandemic on farmers would further strengthen the food supply chain in the state.
1,150 cluster farmers were provided with different inputs and farm assets including day old chicks, goats and pigs as well as sprayers, fertilizer, chemicals and feeds at the event.
Speaking on behalf of other beneficiaries, Mr Sunday Aina and Mrs Adejoke Israel applauded the support and promised to turn the inputs into profit for the benefit of the state.