Subscribers of the Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP) in Ogun State, most especially, those who registered for cassava farming will not experience difficulty in the sale of their produce, as the Ministry of Agriculture has perfected linkage with ready markets.
Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Adeola Odedina, disclosed this during a monitoring tour of the land clearing exercise at Apojula in Odeda Local Government Area of the State, where large expanse of land was being cleared ahead of the planting season, assuring that the arrangements would lessen the burden of marketing their produce.
‘’One of the pillars of interventions in agriculture is that we want to link small holder farmers, upcoming farmers, unemployed youths to land, credit and inputs so that we would be on top of food security; we are also interested in the industrial process. We are doing end to end, so the State government is providing one stop solution to these challenges through ABP’’, he said.
Dr. Odedina explained that the cleared land was for young graduate farmers who would be trained, saying government would also engage in ploughing, harrowing and ridging, just as the anchors and partners would be on ground to provide inputs.
Shedding light on the number of cassava subscribers under the Scheme, the Commissioner stated that about 25,000 people registered out of which 14, 000 would be provided with land, hinting that land clearing was going on simultaneously in other agricultural zones of the other two Senatorial Districts of the State.
He expressed optimism on the success of cassava farming under the scheme saying, ‘’the average yield in Nigeria without training and intervention is about 8 to 10 tons but with this training in Ogun State, we are targeting minimum of 20 tons per hectare, even though it is possible to get more and that is the competitive level’’.
Odedina assured that the farmers would be properly mentored and supported, in order to enhance food security in the State.
In their separate responses, Chairman, ABP Steering Committee, Prof. Bola Okuneye, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Agriculture, Dr. (Mrs.) Angel Adelaja–Kuye and the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Dotun Sorunke, urged subscribers to justify government’s commitment at boosting agriculture through cassava farming.
In her remarks, the Project Manager of the State Agricultural Development Project (OGADEP), Mrs. Taiwo Ayansanwo said the extension workers from the ministry would adequately monitor and guide farmers under the ABP for optimum yield.
Press Officer, Ministry of Agriculture