Ogun State Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Adeola Odedina, has disclosed that over 50,000 youths and other categories of farmers have been registered for the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme (ABP).
Dr. Odedina made the disclosure when he appeared before the House of Assembly Committee Members on Agriculture, at the Assembly Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, for a familiarization talk, highlighting the benefits that farmers would get from the programme to include; industrial linkage with investors, aggregation of farmers with industries, extension support, intervention programme, as well as linking farmers, especially the young ones, with market and opportunities.
Other benefits according to Odedina were, trainings in the various localities, provision of farmlands to the over 8,000 farmers, who do not have farmlands across the three Senatorial Districts and ensuring that farmers were not deprived of the intervention programmes, among others.
Giving a breakdown and categorisation of the registered farmers, Odedina said so far, 23,730 were captured for cassava; 3,375 for rice; maize had a total of 3,000, while poultry and cotton, recorded 8,875 and 2,000, respectively.
He assured that the Ministry would be involved in Public Private Partnership (PPP), with the view to reviving rice Mills and moribund plantations in the State, while enhancing other agricultural opportunities which would be propelled by credit and donor agencies.
The Commissioner revealed that the Ministry would be injecting a value chain opportunity that would take large number of unemployed youths per Local Government, for training in efficiency of production, networking and collaboration, saying, “we want to create entrepreneurs, people who will venture on product development and other value chain business”.
Speaking earlier, Deputy Speaker of the Assembly, Hon. Oludare Kadiri,
the Committee Chairman and Vice Chairman, Honourables Sylvester Abiodun and Yusuf Adejojo, respectively, called for more collaboration, expressing the hope that more rural dwellers would be captured in the ABP.
Ahmed Taofeek & Tunwase Dokunmu,
Press Officers, Ministry of Agriculture