All things being equal, Ogun state government over the weekend said it is ready to take the lead as the highest producer of cotton in Africa just as the state said it has commenced programmes that will boost production of rice to increase supply that might have occurred due to the policy of the federal government to ban importation of rice.
Aside, the government also warns those that benefited from land allocation from the government for agricultural purposes to start utilizing them so as not to lose it saying “if they did not start farming on those lands within the speculated time, the agreement would be revoked”.
Commissioner for Agriculture, Mrs. Ronke Sokefun made this disclosure while briefing journalists on the achievements of her ministry since the inception of the Senator Ibikunle Amosun led administration in the State two years ago.
Sokefun added that government had also carried out farm mechanization services and sold over 500 metric tons of different brands of fertilizer to farmers at approved subsidized rates to enhance the growth of their crops.
She disclosed that government has through the Fadama III project affected the lives of beneficiaries positively and created jobs for rural women and youths.
Her words, “Because government has remained committed to prompt payment of counterpart funds for the Fadama III project, income of beneficiaries has increased by 61.4% and income from value addition to agricultural production by 25.4%, while 90.8% Fadama farmers have access to market information on inputs and agricultural outputs. The activities of various Fadama User Groups (FUGs) and Fadama Community Associations (FCAs) have also created 19,963 jobs in rural areas for 8,800 women and 1,500 youths”.
Author: Abiodun Taiwo