Ogun Govt. Promises Farmers a Great Year Ahead with Different Opportunities
The Ogun State Government has said farmers would enjoy various supports as more Agricultural opportunities await all categories of farmers across the State in the year 2021.
The Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Adeola Odedina, disclosed this while featuring on Radio Nigeria’s Paramount FM’s 94.5 Day Break Show in Abeokuta, that farmers would enjoy increased national and international agricultural support, access to land, inputs, training, land clearing and fertilisers, among others in year 2021.
Odedina explained that the Ogun State Economic Transformation Programme (OGSTEP), which is targeted at empowering over 40,000 farmers, will take off and has also concluded plans to link farmers with tractors, planting material palliatives and help them reduce cost of production.
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“We want to assure our farmers that we have a lot in stock for them in the year 2021. We are one of the role model states in fertiliser management, you cannot see our fertilisers in the open market. The governor was one of the first governors to access the presidential fertiliser initiative.
“Irrigation must be employed to tackle draught and help our people cultivate at every season. It’s part of our plans and this government will stick to its word.
“We are also leveraging on our status as the first in livestock, poultry, fisheries among others to embrace smart- weather and irrigation farming system to promote all year round agriculture”, he added.
He said that people do not have to wait for as long as four years to get land for agricultural purpose as there is a new framework for land use for agriculture signed by the governor, provides prospective farmers access to land under one month.
Odedina also revealed that the state will be collaborating with Kebbi State with a view to coming up with a Joint Commission on Rice to meet the increasing demand for the staple food across the country.
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He assured that the government would be supporting rice farmers in the state with drone technology to control birds from invading their farms, link them with mechanical rice harvesters where they will pay a token to access it with other support from the private sector.
He said the state would continue to leverage on its proximity to Lagos as the largest market in Sub- Saharan Africa to create enabling environment for investors, promote employment and create jobs for its people.
The commissioner who attributed the state’s government success in agriculture to the various support gotten from the Federal Government, CBN, Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP), also appreciated farmers for daring to go ahead with farming activities during the lockdown, urging them to leverage on the numerous opportunities to expand the scope of agriculture.