Farmers in Ogun State have been charged to always observe all precautions against the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in their daily engagements.
The State Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Adeola Odedina gave the charge while flagging-off awareness campaign on Covid-19, organised by International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), in conjunction with Federal and the State Governments, at Ijebu North-East Local Government Secretariat, Atan.
Dr. Odedina stated that farming had become a safe haven for many who had lost their jobs due to the pandemic, urging farmers and other stakeholders in agriculture to observe all healthy measures, such as regular washing of hands with soap and running water, use of sanitizer, face mask, among others and advised them to promptly consult health officials, if they notice any symptom in their body or anyone around them.
“Wash your hands regularly with soap and running water, use sanitizer where water is unavailable. Avoid crowds and maintain social distance. Ensure you use face masks, especially in public places”, he admonished.
He revealed that government had cleared over 200 hectares of land in the Local Government for other agricultural activities, pointing out that the Dapo Abiodun administration would not reneged on the payment of counterparts fund for Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP), just as it has facilitated the enlistment of VCDP programmes in three additional LGs.
The Chairman, Transmission Committee, Ijebu North-East Local Government, Hon. Olusegun Odunola, appreciated the State Government for its various interventions on food security and job creation through agricultural programmes, promising to liaise with traditional rulers and other stakeholders to make land available for rice and cassava plantings.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Adeola Odedina has said that full operation would soon commence at the combined rice mill in Atan, Ijebu North-East Local Government, saying the State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has approved the construction of industrial borehole, as well as installation of industrial generator to enhance its operation.
Odedina disclosed this while leading officials of the Ministry of Agriculture and the Transition Committee members of the Local Government, to evaluate the operating capacity of the mill at Atan.
“These 10 tons per day rice milling machine was donated by the Federal Government on the condition that the State government will provide other materials to make it work. I am happy to inform you that these materials which are now available, have been graciously approved by the Governor”, he said.
Responding, the Transition Committee Chairman, Ijebu North-East Local Government, Hon. Olusegun Odunola said the facility would assist Rice Value Chain farmers, as well as provide employment, promising adequate maintenance of the mill and procure more lands for expansion and other agricultural purposes.