Ogun State Government is set to empower additional cassava farmers who have registered and screened by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), under the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme.
Earlier in the year, the State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun empowered 3,500 farmers with land, cassava stems, fertiliser, herbicides as well as cash.
During an inspection tour to ongoing land clearing sites at Obafemi in Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area, by top government functionaries from Ministry of Agriculture, led by the Commissioner, Dr. Adeola Odedina, disclosed that the State government was ready to empower another batch of beneficiaries.
“We are here to inspect land clearing sites for Cassava intervention in Ogun State. If you recall, Governor Dapo Abiodun during the flag-off of 2020 planting season empowered 3,500 cassava farmers, we are about to release another batch of 1,500 farmers and this site happen to be in line for that opportunity. We have completed 2,500 hectares of land for 2,500 people for Cassava opportunity.
“As usual, the State will be providing infrastructure for Cassava opportunity, we are going to be supplying stems, chemicals and market, while our financial anchor, the Central Bank of Nigeria is providing funding and we are working with off-takers to buy the product from young people”, the Commissioner said.
He said 2,000 hectares of land had been cleared for 2,000 farmers in 26 locations across the State, assuring that they would be empowered with credit and input facilities as well as off-takers.
The inspection had also taken the Commissioner and his team to Ajegunle Farm Settlement, also in Obafemi-Owode Local Government, to take stock and assess the farm settlement, in order to discover areas of government’s intervention to help the farmers.
Odedina expressed satisfaction at the level of expertise and land utilisation on the settlement, saying farm settlements are huge food production location.
“I’m happy with what I’m seeing here. All available lands are fully utilised for cultivation and animal production. Farm settlements are huge food production location and we need to absorb more people in other farm settlements as well”, he said.
One of the farmers on the settlement, who plants maize and invests in poultry and fishing, Mr. Oke Oluyemi, expressed delight at the Commissioner’s visit and the various government’s intervention programmes for farmers.