Planting of good variety, disease resistant and matured stems have been ascribed to quality cassava production for desired profitable yield to farmers, in addition to land, capital and other agricultural inputs.
To this end, Ogun State Government is ensuring that the cassava stems to be planted by the farmers under the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme are matured, disease free and fit for planting, in order to measure up to the expectation of off takers.
The State Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Adeola Odedina made this known while leading stakeholders, under the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme on an assessment tour to one of the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) out growers’ farm at Ibeshe, Yewa North Local Government Area of the State.
According to the Commissioner, ‘’the 50 hectares farm land, where TME-419 variety of cassava stems were planted is owned by an Ogun State investor and being monitored by IITA towards the supply of good planting materials for Ogun State farmers’’.
He emphasised government’s commitment to ensure massive food production by small scale farmers, women and youths, which he said cannot materialised without planting improved variety, charging the suppliers of the cassava cuttings to supply good cuttings, which must be one meter long, comprising 50 stems per bundle.
“We are committed to massive food production in Ogun State and most importantly, Anchor Borrowers’ Programme of the State Government must succeed. And for it to succeed, good planting materials must be made available for our farmers’’, he said.
Chairman, Anchor Borrowers’ Steering Committee, Prof. Bola Okuneye also implored the suppliers to ensure the cuttings meet up with cassava planting season, saying, agricultural practice is seasonal.
In her remark, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Agriculture, Dr. (Mrs.) Angel Adelaja-Kuye, enjoined the supplier to liaise with relevant government officials whenever they face challenges regarding transportation of the materials across the State.
Responding, IITA representative and supervisor of the farm Mr. Kunle Akinyemi, expressed readiness to supply sufficient cassava cuttings to the farmers, saying the varieties have been tested and proven to yield at least 45 tons per hectare, which he said would generate more income to farmers.
The team also inspected a food processing factory at Ibeshe, to ensure they adhere to their production and linkage activities, as well as, health and safety precautions.
Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Adeola Odedina implored workers at the factory to obey the State’s laid down rules and regulations and observe preventive measures against the spread of COVID-19 in the State.
Others on the inspection team are, the Programme Manager of Ogun State Agricultural Development Programme OGADEP, Mrs. Taiwo Ayansanwo, the Programme Manager, Cassava Revolution, Mrs. Kehinde Jokotoye, the State Director of Nigeria Agricultural Insurance Corporation (NAIC) Mr. Taiwo Aderoju and representative of Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Adekunle Badejo.
‘Tunwase Dokunmu & Ahmed Taofeek
Press Officers, Ministry of Agric