Towards the realisation of food sufficiency in Ogun State, Yewa North Local Government has registered over 3000 farmers for Anchor Borrowers’ programme.
The Director of Agriculture in the Area, Mr. Adebisi Adeyemi, made this known during an interview with newsmen in Ayetoro, saying the programme was designed to ensure farmers propagate mechanised farming to assist them grow in large quantity and boost not only their socio-economic standard but the State at large.
He expressed satisfaction with the success recorded so far, particularly with level of commitment of the youths, saying, diversification of the economy from oil industry to agriculture had started yielding positive result.
Adeyemi emphasised that the scheme had been responsible for increase in Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of government at all levels, affirming that the programme would create employment for the youths.
The Director revealed that Yewa North focused on three arable crops, which include Cassava, Rice and Maize, as well as three livestock comprising of Cattle, Piggery and Poultry, saying they have high competitive advantages.
In a related development, the President, Ireti Agbe Agricultural Cooperative Society, Chief Ishola Olateju, has commended the government for its intervention towards improving the agricultural sector, promising that his members would reciprocate the gesture by making judicious use of whatever comes to them.
While appealing for timely released of the farm equipments before planting season would be over, he advised beneficiaries to pay back given loans at stipulated time, so as to have access to another round.
A member of Ifelodun Agricultural Cooperative Society, Rev. Gbolahan Adelakun thanked the State government, under the leadership of Prince Dapo Abiodun, for decentralizing the registration centres, namely Local Government Headquarters, Ayetoro; LCDA, Iboro; LCDA, Tata and Town Hall, Igbogila, noting that the move had allowed their members the opportunity to register in any part of the State and through the Internet.